Jobstreet PH Officially Releases 2017 Job Happiness Index

Are you happy with your job? Or, like the 9,326 Filipinos surveyed by for their 2017 Job Happiness Index, some of you may be feeling disillusioned at your current job.

JobStreet Philippines recently released its 2017 Job Happiness Index during a media briefing held at the Capitol Commons.  It’s very interesting to note that the Philippines’ job satisfaction level has dropped from 5.25 in 2016 to its current rating of 4.97 on a 10-point scale, showing that Filipinos are less happy in the workplace.

A barometer of job satisfaction, the’s Job Happiness Index has always been on point in gauging the level of happiness a Filipino gets from working. For this year, the key factors associated with unhappiness at work are lack of career development and training opportunities, as well as the management style of a company’s leadership team.

Culled from 9,326 Philippine respondents surveyed from July 31 to August 31, 2017, the respondents were from different position levels. Majority of them came from junior executives and supervisors and represented a diverse mix of specializations.

Fifty six percent of respondents came from the National Capital Region, 12% from Southern Tagalog, 7% from overseas, 6% from Central Luzon, and 5% from Cebu City/Province.

“More and more Filipinos are looking for career development. They want to move forward in their chosen fields, but the lack of career development and training opportunities in their current companies seem to hold them back,” Country Manager Philip Gioca said.


Here are several of the results from the survey:


What will make them happier in the next six months?

33% said a salary increase would help, but 23% wish to resign and get a new job.

Colleagues and work location make Filipinos happy at work 

The respondents who said they were happy cited colleagues, work location, and company reputation as the top three drivers of workplace satisfaction. This is largely true across all demographics.

Level of Happiness in terms of generations

in terms of generations, survey results showed that baby boomers, or those born before 1960, are the happiest at 5.63, followed by the those belonging to Generation Z at 5.10.

The same can be said in terms of position level, where the top executives or the more established segment of the workforce, which are expectedly populated by the baby boomers, as well as the Fresh Graduates, have the highest happiness score.

Generation Xers barely managed to score above neutral at 5, while millennials, who compose the majority of workplaces, are below neutral with an average of 4.9.

Male dominates

Filipino males are happier at work. Surprisingly, employees are happier with a male boss.

2017 happiest industries

Respondents who are happy with their job belongs to hotels, food and beverage restaurants and government in particular those in civil service/defense.

“The results of this study serve as a wake-up call for companies who wonder why there is such a high turnover rate. Career development, training opportunities, and the management style of the company’s leadership team are just some of the reasons why many Filipinos are unhappy in the workplace. It would be best if managers can get to the heart of why this is happening as each company’s DNA is unique,” Gioca added.

The 2017 Job Happiness Index was conducted in Southeast Asia, with a sample size of 35,513. Job satisfaction is highest in Indonesia (5.27), followed by Vietnam (5.19), the Philippines (4.97), Malaysia (4.65), Thailand (4.55), Hong Kong (4.45), and Singapore (4.31).

For more information about and the 2017 Job Happiness Index, please visit the website at

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