Workers feeling secure in jobs: Poll

88 per cent are satisfied with current job situation
||Last Updated: 09/18/2009

Nearly half of all Canadians are feeling more secure in their jobs despite the deepest global recession in decades, according to a new poll.

The Labour Day survey by online job board of 1,009 Canadians found 46 per cent of Canadian workers feel they have more job security today than they did one year ago, while 38 per cent feel less secure. The survey also found 88 per cent are satisfied with their current job situation.

“Although we’ve seen daily reports of layoffs and plant closures, Canadians are feeling pretty good about how they make a living,” said Peter Gilfillan, general manager of Monster Canada. “Anxiety levels seem to be going down, and that’s really encouraging.”

Job security levels vary depending on location, with Canadians living in Manitoba and Saskatchewan enjoying the highest feelings of job security compared to the rest of the country.

When asked what they consider the top job perk, 33 per cent of Canadians polled put job security ahead of work/life balance (31 per cent), a secure pension (15 per cent), and a generous salary (12 per cent).

Public sector workers enjoy more job security and perks

The survey also explored Canadians’ views of public and private sector work and found that 53 per cent of respondents believe there are more advantages to working in the public sector than the private sector.

When asked about job security, 53 per cent of public sector workers feel more secure in their jobs than they did one year ago, compared with 42 per cent of private sector workers.

However, 39 per cent of public sector workers and 64 per cent of private sector workers believe
public sector workers are overpaid compared to the private sector.

“Most Canadians agree government work is rewarding,” added Gilfillan. “I think that says a lot about the value of public sector careers. As for the level of compensation, Canadians aren’t likely to agree on that anytime soon.”

Looming labour shortage

As Canada faces the challenges of a national labour shortage as baby boomers begin to retire, survey respondents offered the following solutions:

• 94 per cent believe governments should do more to help people with disabilities access the job market

• 71 per cent believe there should be a greater effort put into attracting foreign trained professionals

• 60 per cent favour eliminating the mandatory retirement age

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