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2 in 5 workers won’t take jobs that don’t offer remote work or flexible hours: survey

SINGAPORE — About two in five respondents to a survey here said they wouldn’t take a job if they couldn’t work from home or anytime.

A similar proportion also said they would rather be unemployed than feel unhappy in their job, while around half of respondents insisted they would quit their job if it prevented them from enjoying life. life.

These are the findings of a biannual survey by recruitment agency Randstad, which involved 1,000 Singapore-based respondents who were employed and aged between 18 and 67.

The survey, which was conducted in February and March this year, highlights the latest feelings and perceptions of the workforce in the local labor market.


More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents said they appreciate the importance of remote working, with 42% saying they wouldn’t take a job if there wasn’t a work option home.

Just over half, or 52%, said their employers offered them remote work options.

Similarly, respondents indicated that they also value flexible working hours, with 80% saying it was important to them and 60% saying their jobs accommodated flexible working hours.

However, 41% said they wouldn’t take a job if they couldn’t work the hours they wanted.

Ms. Jaya Dass, Managing Director of Randstad Singapore and Malaysia, said that while flexible working arrangements are important for workers in Singapore, not all companies seem to offer them as an option.

“So employees who value the flexibility to decide when and where they want to work can look to work for other employers who offer those options.

“Employers looking to retain employees should consider offering more flexible work models to meet changing talent expectations brought about and exacerbated by the pandemic,” she said.


Young workers here were more likely to quit if they felt their jobs were preventing them from enjoying life, the survey found.

More than half of respondents (56%) aged 18-24 said they would, which is similar to the proportion of respondents aged 25-34.

A smaller proportion of older workers (45%) aged 45 to 54 felt the same way.

The survey report indicates that mature workers may face greater financial responsibilities and have more established careers. As a result, they are less likely to risk their job security to change employers.

Conversely, younger employees are changing their definition of success, which is reflected in their willingness to explore job changes to find organizational structures and culture that best fit their aspirations and lifestyles. , says the report.


Forty-four percent of respondents in Singapore said they would accept lower pay for work that contributes to society, 10% above the global average, according to the survey.

Older workers in particular were more likely to feel this, with 47% of respondents aged 45-54 stating this, compared to those aged 18-24 (38%), 25-34 (46%) and 35 to 44 years old. (39 percent).

More than two in five respondents (43%) said they would not accept a job at a company that did not align with their values ​​on social and environmental issues.

The same proportion would not accept a job if the company did not make a proactive effort to improve its diversity and equity.

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