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Dissatisfied workers less satisfied with life – Media release

23 July 2019

Kiwi workers who were dissatisfied with their job reported lower overall satisfaction with life, poorer health outcomes, and felt their life was less worthwhile than satisfied workers, Stats NZ said today.

The Survey of working life 2018, conducted between October and December 2018, asked employed people about their work arrangements, employment conditions, and satisfaction with their job and work-life balance. While most people were satisfied with their job, 4.3 percent of workers, or about 113,000 people, were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with their main job.

“Although the proportion of Kiwis who were dissatisfied with their job is relatively small, the number of dissatisfied workers is similar to the number of unemployed, and the negative impact on their wellbeing may be just as significant,” labour market statistics manager Scott Ussher said.

“Having a job can boost a person’s wellbeing, while unemployment t