Govt staff less confident about switching jobs: Survey

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 6, 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 6, 2010 - 22:13

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