A slow global economy and industries facing restructuring have not dampened the expectations of employees in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Malaysia. According to the latest global Randstad Workmonitor report, confidence levels of these employees around securing a year-end bonus and salary raise is much higher than the global average.

salary and bonus expectations high among singapore, hong kong SAR and malaysia employees.
salary and bonus expectations high among singapore, hong kong SAR and malaysia employees.

salary and bonus expectations vs global average


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Working Hong Kongers seemed to place a stronger focus on salaries, with 67% stating they expected to receive a raise, compared to 60% who expected a bonus. Employees in the higher age bracket (70%), namely those aged 35 to 54, were more confident than Millennials (63%) about getting a salary raise, rejecting the global trend of more confident Millennials.


Singapore employees expressed a higher confidence around securing a year-end bonus, with a positive expectation of 68%, compared to only 58% expecting a salary raise. Singapore women (73%) were much more confident than men (63%) about getting a bonus. Where Millennials are concerned (respondents aged 18 to 34), 71% expected a salary increase compared to only 51% of their older peers, aged between 35 and 54.


The confidence of Malaysian professionals surpassed both Singapore and Hong Kong SAR employees with the highest expectations around both year-end bonuses and raises. 77% of employees in Malaysia surveyed expected a year-end bonus, and 74% stated they were expecting a raise.

Managing Director for Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Michael Smith noted, “It is interesting to see that despite the weaker economic climate, employees in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR and Malaysia have remained very confident about their remuneration.”

“While it remains to be seen how generous organisations are with regards to rewarding their employees this year, it is crucial for these companies to consider the importance of keeping their employees happy. Research has shown the cost of replacing an employee can surpass the cost of a raise and bonus by many multiples,” added Mr Smith.


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about the Randstad Workmonitor

The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and now covers 34 markets around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time. The Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter. The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per market, using Survey Sampling International.

about Randstad

The Randstad Group is a global leader in the HR services industry and specialises in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services. Our recruitment services range from regular temporary Staffing and permanent placements to Inhouse Services, Professionals, and HR Solutions (including Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services Programs, and outplacement). By combining our human touch with technology-driven solutions and tools, we aim to offer both clients and candidates the best tools and solutions for increased efficiency and engagement, connecting more people to more jobs. Randstad has top-three positions in Argentina, Belgium and Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States, and major positions in Australia and Japan. At year-end 2016, Randstad had 36,524 corporate employees and 4,752 branches and Inhouse locations in 39 markets around the world. In 2016, Randstad generated revenue of €20.7 billion. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded.