Job satisfaction in Lithuania increases by only 0.6 points since 2016

The results of the annual Job and Salary Satisfaction survey, conducted by the career portal CV-Online Lithuania, showed that job satisfaction decreased slightly this year.

Moreover, within a period of 6 years, the overall job satisfaction increased by only 0.6 points. Overall job satisfaction in 2016 was estimated at 5.73 points, while in 2021 it reached 6.45 points, and in 2022 it fell to 6.33 points.  

Employees were least satisfied with their opportunities to earn extra money (4.07 points), career opportunities (4.48 points) and motivational measures (4.67 points) Although the employees were unsatisfied with their opportunities to earn extra money, the overall satisfaction with their received salary was assessed at 5.94 points. 

When we asked employees if they thought they were receiving a fair wage, 71% of the respondents stated that their wages were too low and the value of their work was underestimated. According to the respondents, a fair wage should be, on average, 38% higher than their current wage. 

Satisfaction with the opportunities to earn extra money (-0.79 points) and motivational measures (-0.26 points) were the factors that decreased the most. 

The highest evaluations were given to the workplace environment (7.84 points), the nature of their work and interest (7.4), teamwork (7.29%), work tools (7.22) and working conditions (7.21). 

In 2022, only two factors were rated more highly than in the previous year: nature of the work and the distribution / division of labour. 

Finding a new job 

However, even though job satisfaction has declined, there are not a lot of people actively seeking a new / better job. Only 18% of the working respondents were actively looking for a job, while 54% were reviewing job advertisements but not actively looking for a job, and 28% were not looking for a job at all. 

They were not looking for a new job for various reasons, but the respondents most often mentioned the following: 

  • I like my current job; 
  • I am afraid that if I look for a new job, I may lose my present job; 
  • I don't think I can find a better position; 
  • I do not have the skills or work experience demanded in the market; 
  • Now is not the best time to look for a job.  

In 2021, the main reason for not looking for new employment was that it was the wrong time to look for a job. This year, people with jobs are more cautious about looking for new work, but they did not overly emphasise the period being unsuitable for a job search. 

Over the year, the level of job satisfaction among men and women differed significantly. Men, although insignificantly, were more satisfied with their job this year (6.47 points), while the women's job satisfaction fell from 6.47 to 6.26 points. 

Of the 16 job satisfaction factors that the respondents were asked to rate, women rated only 5 factors higher than men: nature of the work, workplace, working conditions, workload and work tools.  

The biggest differences between the evaluations among men and women were identified in relation to the following factors: opportunity to earn extra money, motivational measures, respect and microclimate, career opportunities, manager(s) and teamwork.  

Women were more positive than men about the essentially technical elements of their job, but were less satisfied with the factors of remuneration, career and company culture. 

Employees aged 18-25 were the most satisfied with their job (6.82 points), while those aged 46-55 were the least satisfied (6.14 points). 

Job satisfaction by field of work 

Compared to last year, job satisfaction increased the most in the following fields: healthcare / social welfare, culture, pharmacy, transport, marketing and IT. 

Those most satisfied with their job were employed in: 

  1. IT  
  2. Construction / real estate  
  3. Healthcare / social welfare  
  4. Pharmacy  
  5. Marketing / advertising  
  6. Services  
  7. Education / science  
  8. Energy  
  9. Organisation / management  
  10. Law  

Areas of work 

Those employed in the areas of media, agriculture, banking / insurance, tourism / hotels / catering, and electronics / telecommunications were the least satisfied with their jobs. 

High-level managers gave the highest scores to: interest in work, microclimate, teamwork and the division of labour. Middle and lower-level managers gave the highest scores to: nature of work, tools and teamwork. Specialists rated the nature, means and work conditions as the highest factors. Meanwhile, the nature of work, teamwork and working conditions received the highest evaluations from assistants. Skilled workers mostly enjoyed the nature of work, workload and teamwork; while unskilled workers were most satisfied with the workload, teamwork, nature of work and microclimate. 

About research: 

The survey was conducted on February 1, 2022. - April 15. The survey was conducted online.  

1389 respondents from all over Lithuania, representatives of different age groups, and various fields of work rated 16 job satisfaction factors in a ten-point system and expressed their remuneration expectations.  

by Oksanen Minna at 13:19 in Alma Career