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World – Randstad says workers are overqualified for their jobs

10 September 2012

Do you feel overqualified for your job? If so, you have joined nearly half (47%) of people across the world who think along the same lines, the latest Randstad Workmonitor survey revealed today.

The number of those feeling overqualified for their roles is particularly high in China (84%), Turkey (78%) and Greece (69%). This stands in contrast to workers in Belgium, Luxemburg and Denmark who appear to be a better fit with their jobs. Overall, the global average of employees who feel they are under-qualified for their job stands at 20%.

The survey also showed that employers find it increasingly difficult to find the right talent with almost 60% of respondents complaining about this fact.

The problem is especially acute in Brazil, where 71% experienced difficulties in finding the right person for the job. In Greece, Italy, Spain and Denmark only a third of employers reported problems as they can choose from a wider pool of highly trained people. On the other hand, finding low-skilled workers does not appear to be a major issue with 27% saying so – exceptions are China (47%), Malaysia (39%) and Japan (35%).

Again nearly half of those surveyed expect a shortage of highly-qualified people within the next three years, particularly in  Hong Kong (67%), China & India (65%) and Malaysia (64%). In Europe, those worrying the least could be found in the Czech Republic (34%), the Netherlands and Denmark (33%).

The survey also showed intentions of employees to change jobs within the next six months, seeing a rise in Turkey, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and Hong Kong. Most people want to leave because of better employment conditions, a personal desire for change and organisational circumstances.

At the same time workers were also less afraid of losing their jobs, including in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. In Europe, job satisfaction was highest in Sweden, while employees in Hungary, Spain and Greece are unhappiest with their jobs.

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