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Employees in Macao feel overworked and underpaid, a new survey finds

The poll also reveals that the majority of workers consider themselves stuck in a rut, with few chances to climb the professional ladder.

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The poll also reveals that the majority of workers consider themselves stuck in a rut, with few chances to climb the professional ladder.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

A poll jointly conducted by the Macao Federation of Trade Unions and the Commercial Employees’ General Association of Macau has found that the majority of workers in the territory believe themselves to have limited opportunity for advancement.

The survey findings (reported in local media) showed that 65 percent of employees felt their industry offered poor opportunities for upward mobility.

More than 90 percent of those surveyed said their salaries had either stayed flat or even decreased compared to 2022, suggesting that local employers are still grappling with post-pandemic business challenges.

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Some 30 percent planned to enrol in vocational training to improve their prospects, the poll found, while nearly 20 percent planned to change either their jobs or their industry. More than 70 percent said that professional training had not been provided by employers over the past year.

Perhaps surprisingly, less than half called for better working conditions, such as more annual leave, a higher minimum wage, and longer maternity leave.

The survey of 435 local workers was made during April and May.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:31 pm

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