Govt staff less confident about switching jobs: Survey
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 22:13
Mumbai: Government employees are less confident about finding new jobs compared to their peers in the private sector, but are less fearful about job losses, a new survey released today said.

"Employees in the government sector are far less confident about finding a job compared to their peers in other sectors, as suggested by their scores of 59 and 85 per cent respectively," a survey conducted by international HR consultants Ma Foi Randstad said.

Government employees are, however, less fearful about job losses (only 13 per cent) compared to their peers in other sectors, which "emphasises the socialistic orientation in the government sector vis-a-vis other sectors," said the Ma Foi Randstad Work Monitor survey.

The survey also found that employees in Mumbai are less afraid of job losses compared to those in Chennai, Delhi and Bangalore.

A high percentage of employees in Mumbai and Chennai (84 per cent each) are more satisfied with their employers than their peers in Delhi (66 per cent) and Bangalore (74 per cent), the survey said.

A significant finding of the survey is that amongst professionals in the middle management, there is relatively higher stability. At junior management (19 per cent) and senior management (18 per cent) level there is more anxiety about the loss of jobs compared to those at the middle management level (9 per cent), the survey said.

Over 90 per cent of employees at the junior level are extremely keen on a role change or promotion, the survey said. "This could be an important retention tool for organisations; however, role/job redesign that is balanced with the needs of the organisation will be important," the survey said.

Senior management employees had a mixed response to a query on the reasons why they would switch jobs, the survey said. "This includes their personal ambition to work in a topical area, as well as a personal ambition to play a management role," it said.

"This implies two distinct sets of employees: one set of employees who are keen to play a leadership role in well-established stable businesses and another set who are perhaps keen to play a leadership role in emerging businesses," the survey said.

For junior management employees, the primary reason for job change is driven by improving employment conditions, followed by a personal desire for change, it said.


First Published: Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 22:13

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