At least half of the employees around the world are expecting pay raise and bonuses in 2018. Employees from Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong SAR are more demanding of their employers - with almost seven in 10 (68.9 per cent) expecting higher salaries this year. This boost in employees’ confidence stems from anticipated economic growth as a result of increasing domestic consumption and exports. While at least seven out of 10 employees in Hong Kong SAR demand a salary increase in 2018, the market ranked the lowest in bonus expectations from last year’s efforts.
Natellie Sun, Managing Director of Randstad Hong Kong said, “The boost in employees’ confidence to demand pay increment this year is a result of an improving and stabilising economy. Hong Kongers are also likely to expect a higher salary this year to match the increasing cost of living in this city. However, employees are also expecting this as part of a retention strategy due to the intense competition for talent.”
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hong kong SAR
Seven out of 10 employees (71.2 per cent) in Hong Kong SAR expect a pay raise this year, but only 57 per cent are hoping for a bonus. Similar to Singapore, male employees are much more optimistic about a wage increase and employee performance bonus (62.1 per cent). However, only one in two female employees hope for a higher salary (52.5 per cent) and bonus (52.5 per cent) this year.
Across the three markets, Singaporeans are the least optimistic about a wage growth, with only 63.9 per cent of employees expecting it. Within the same group of respondents, seven out of 10 people are expecting to receive a bonus payout for the fiscal year. Younger Singaporeans between the ages of 18 and 34 are 16.5 per cent more likely to demand a higher pay from their employers as compared to seasoned professionals (58.1 per cent). The salary increment is expected to help them better manage the high cost of living in Singapore. More male employees expect a bonus (71.5 per cent) at the end of this fiscal year than female employees (68.3 per cent).
Salary expectations in Malaysia are the highest, with 78.1per cent hoping for a wage raise this year. Vastly different to Singapore and Hong Kong SAR, experienced professionals in Malaysia are slightly more likely to demand a higher salary (78.6 per cent) than their younger counterparts (77.5 per cent). Eight out of 10 Malaysians expect a bonus at the end of this fiscal year, which is also the highest sentiment across the region.
“I expect to receive a pay rise (raise) at the end of our fiscal year.” (%)
“I expect to receive a one-time financial reward/bonus at the end of our fiscal year.” (%)
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about the randstad workmonitor
The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003, then in Germany, and now covers 33 markets around the world. The last market to join was Portugal in 2014. The study encompasses Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published 4 times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility visible over time. The Workmonitor’s Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures the likelihood of an employee changing jobs within the next 6 months, provides a comprehensive understanding of sentiments and trends in the job market. Besides mobility, the survey addresses employee satisfaction and personal motivation as well as a rotating set of themed questions. The study is conducted online among employees aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimum sample size is 400 interviews per market. The Survey Sampling International (SSI) panel is used for sampling purposes. The fourth survey of 2017 was conducted from October 24 – November 8, 2017.
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