Is Workplace Satisfaction Dead? Not at All, According to These Maps.

March 19, 2014

In case you are wondering how happy global professionals are with their work, check out the maps below.

As part of the Talent Trends 2014 survey, we asked over 18,000 fully-employed LinkedIn members worldwide to share whether they felt satisfied, dissatisfied or neutral about their jobs. It turns out that overall, a considerable majority of professionals is quite happy.

The most satisfied professionals are in Sweden (83%), Norway (81%) and Indonesia (84%), while workers in Japan (64%), Turkey (63%) and Italy (66%) reported the lowest levels of satisfaction.

The global workplace satisfaction breakdown:

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Global Professional Satisfaction






Levels of satisfaction differ for passive and active candidates

Interestingly, the numbers look quite a bit different if you break down the candidate responses based on whether they are passive or active. Passive candidates are considerably happier with their jobs than actives. Here are the global averages:

passive active candidates levels of satisfactoin

Active candidate satisfaction

Intuitively, it does make more sense that active candidates are a lot less satisfied with their jobs compared to passives, but it’s always good to see it on paper. In the maps below, you will notice that on average only about 52% of actives globally are happy with their jobs (compared to 80% of passives).

The countries with the happiest active candidates are Indonesia (77%), UAE (67%), India (64%). Coincidentally those are countries with some of the highest numbers of active candidates globally.

The countries with the unhappiest active candidates are Japan (34%) and Turkey (35%).

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Global Satisfaction of active candidates 

Passive candidate satisfaction: 

It looks like passives are a happy bunch – on average about 80% of passive professionals worldwide say they are satisfied. The countries with the most satisfied passive candidates are Sweden (89%), Norway (86%), United States (86%) and Canada (86). On the flipside, workers in Russia (72%), Japan (72%), Turkey (72%) and Spain (74%) have a negative thing or two to say about their jobs.

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Considering these numbers, think about how you can tailor your pitch differently depending on whether you approach passive or active candidates. And if you want to find out the top 5 job aspects that would sway both groups to accept a new role, download the Talent Trends 2014 report.

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