Job satisfaction

Job satisfaction reflects how people feel about their job and encompasses a range of possible factors and influences. Job satisfaction has been associated with overall life satisfaction and provides an additional view on working life. Satisfaction with one’s employment situation can influence subjective wellbeing, and vice versa [17]. Respondents to the New Zealand General Social Survey [18] are asked to think about the last four weeks in their job (main job), and to rate how they feel about their job using a 5-point Likert scale (response options ranging from very dissatisfied to very satisfied).

This indicator presents the proportion of employed people who were satisfied or very satisfied with their job, based on recall of the last four weeks in their job.

In the 2016 New Zealand General Social Survey, 85.8 percent of Canterbury respondents and 88.3 percent of New Zealand respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their job. Over the five New Zealand General Social Surveys conducted since 2008, there have been no statistically significant survey-to-survey changes in this proportion. An upward pattern is apparent since 2010, however trend analysis is not available.

Data Sources

Source: Statistics New Zealand.
Survey/data set: New Zealand General Social Survey to 2016. Custom data request for Canterbury region.
Source data frequency: Every 2 years.

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Updated: 06/11/2018