Most Chinese unhappy at work, seek big pay rises: survey

BEIJING, Jan 12, 2008 (AFP) – Fewer than one in eight Chinese are happy at work, with most complaining about dead-end jobs and wages eroded by record inflation, according to a new survey. Only 12.6 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with their jobs, while 50 percent said they were unhappy with working conditions, according to the survey of 8,000 workers conducted by one of China’s leading online job-search agencies, www.zhaopin.com.

More than 47 percent cited lack of a career path as their main gripe against employers, while 27.5 percent said poor wages were the key bone of contention in 2007 amid a rapidly rising cost of living.

A total of 21.5 percent described themselves as “satisfied or very satisfied” with their pay, while 42.1 percent were “strongly dissatisfied.”

The survey found that 80 percent of workers had received no compensation to make up for inflation in 2007 and 56 percent of workers were hoping for significant pay rises of between 50 and 100 percent in 2008.

More than half of respondents said they planned to change jobs if their pay demands were unmet.

Inflation hit an 11-year high of 6.9 percent in November, boosted by surging food p