45% unhappy, 55% neutral or happy means what % happy?


55% “neutral or happy at work” means what percentage were happy?

I refer to the article “Survey finds 45% of S’poreans unhappy at work in 2017” (Today, Jan 23).

It states that “The survey also revealed that 55 out of 100 employees are either neutral or happy at work”.

So, if we take out those who were “neutral” – what percentage were “happy at work”?

Here are some statistics which may help to explain the unhappiness.

… practically anyone in the world can come as a tourist to look for a job in Singapore, and stay on when they find one

… the employment growth that went to Singaporeans, instead of locals (Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs)) is estimated to be close to zero this year

… the number of new PRs and new citizens (average of 30,000 new PRs and 20,000 new citizens granted per year) that are automatically reclassified as resident workers, which may mean that the “real” unemployment rate of true-blue Singaporeans may have been increasing?

… how much the “real starting salaries” of polytechnic, university and ITE graduates have decreased in real terms in the last eight years or so?

… most expensive city in the world (The Economist)

… the actual proportion of true-blue Singaporeans in the population, after adjusting for new citizens?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.