The Netherlands has the most satisfied employees, according to survey SD Worx

1 August 2017

Brussels, 1 August 2017. HR service provider SD Worx asked 5,500 European employees what they thought about their job in general, their job security, the prospects for career growth, and how loyal they were to their employer. The Netherlands has the most satisfied employees in general, followed by Belgium. Austria languishes at the bottom of the list. Belgians are the most positive about their job security.

SD Worx surveyed employees in Belgium, Germany, France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Most European employees said they were satisfied with their job. Specifically the substance of their job, the challenge the work offers, the responsibility, autonomy and independence that one has and the variety in the job. SD Worx also measured the extent to which people find their job meaningful and whether the work aligns with knowledge and capability. With the exception of Austria (68.6%), in all countries more than 70% of employees are positive about their job. Belgium and the Netherlands emerge head and shoulders above the rest, with 86.4% and 87.8% of satisfied employees.

The Netherlands

Belgium

Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg

United
Kingdom

France

Germany

Austria

87.8%

86.4%

79.8%

78.9%

75.6%

73%

68.6%

% of employees that are fairly satisfied to very satisfied with their job

Belgians not worried about job security

Almost 85% of Belgians say they have job security: they have faith in the survival of the company and in their own position within it. Belgians score the highest of all the Europeans surveyed. The Netherlands follows with 81.9%, Luxembourg rounds off the top three with 78.8%.

"The current optimism in Belgium is the result of the strong economic situation we see today. It is still quite remarkable, as it seems to be completely at odds with the big wave of digitisation and robotisation. Most people do not seem to see this as a threat to their jobs, but certain jobs are definitely about to disappear or will at the very least change completely. At the same time, the digitisation wave will also create new jobs. If you can be flexible and focus on other skills, digitisation does not have to be a threat. The question is whether employees and employers are aware of this", says SD Worx Managing Consultant Jan Laurijssen.

In Austria fewer than six out of ten employees say they have job security.

Belgium

The Netherlands

Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg

United
Kingdom

Germany

France

Austria

84.4%

81.9%

78.8%

71.2%

64.4%

64.3%

57.6%

% of employees that are fairly satisfied to very satisfied with their job security


Growth opportunities: it could be slightly better

SD Worx also asked about employees' view of the growth opportunities with their employer. It asked, for example, about internal or external training courses, the opportunity to develop talents, chances of promotion, the degree of guidance in career development and career opportunities within the organisation. In most European countries, employees are only moderately satisfied with the growth opportunities they receive. With the exception of the Netherlands, where 72% of employees say they have sufficient growth opportunities, and Germany (61.1%), in other countries, fewer than 6 out of 10 employees say they have sufficient opportunity for growth. In Belgium, this figure is 58.7%. The fewest growth opportunities are in France, where only half of employees say they are given these opportunities.

The Netherlands

Germany

Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg

Belgium

United
Kingdom

Austria

France

72.0%

61.1%

59.3%

58.7%

57.6%

56.7%

50.1%

% of employees that are fairly satisfied to very satisfied with their career growth opportunities

Dutch people are loyal

In the Netherlands, 81.6% of employees are loyal to their employer. In Belgium, too, more than three quarters of employees intend to stay with the organisation for a long, indefinite period, even if they receive a comparable offer externally. Austrian employees are the least loyal to their company.

The Netherlands

Belgium

Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg

Germany

United
Kingdom

France

Austria

81.6%

77.6%

70.7%

69.3%

68.8%

64.4%

63.7%

% of employees that are fairly loyal to very loyal to their employer

 

 

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Pieter Goetgebuer, Press Officer SD Worx
T +32 (0)3 201 76 68 / M +32 (0)497 45 36 73
pieter.goetgebuer@sdworx.com