Salary and bonus expectations high amongst Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia employees: Randstad Workmonitor

Salary and bonus expectations high amongst Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia employees: Randstad Workmonitor
A slow global economy and industries facing restructuring have not dampened the expectations of employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. According to the latest global Randstad Workmonitor report, confidence levels of these employees around securing a year-end bonus and salary raise is much higher than the global average. 

Across all three countries, 69% of employees expressed an expectation for a year-end bonus, compared to a global average of 49%; and 66% expected a salary raise, compared to the global average of 53%.

Singapore employees expressed a higher confidence around securing a year-end bonus, with a positive expectation of 68%, compared to only 58% expecting a salary raise. Singapore women (73%) were much more confident than men (63%) about getting a bonus. Where Millennials are concerned (respondents aged 18 to 34), 71% expected a salary increase compared to only 51% of their older peers, aged between 35 and 54.

Hong Kong
Working Hong Kongers seemed to place a stronger focus on salaries, with 67% stating they expected to receive a raise, compared to 60% who expected a bonus. Employees in the higher age bracket (70%), namely those aged 35 to 54, were more confident than Millennials (63%) about getting a salary raise, rejecting the global trend of more confident Millennials.

The confidence of Malaysian professionals surpassed both Singapore and Hong Kong employees with the highest expectations around both year-end bonuses and raises. 77% of employees in Malaysia surveyed expected a year-end bonus, and 74% stated they were expecting a raise. 

Managing Director for Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Michael Smith noted, “It is interesting to see that despite the weaker economic climate, employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia have remained very confident about their remuneration.” 

“While it remains to be seen how generous organisations are with regards to rewarding their employees this year, it is crucial for these companies to consider the importance of keeping their employees happy. Research has shown the cost of replacing an employee can surpass the cost of a raise and bonus by many multiples,” added Mr Smith.

The Randstad Workmonitor
The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in the Netherlands in 2003 and now covers 34 countries around the world, encompassing Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.

The Workmonitor Mobility Index, which tracks employee confidence and captures expectations surrounding the likelihood of changing employers within a six month time frame, provides a comprehensive understanding of job market sentiments and employee trends. In addition to measuring mobility, it provides insights into employee satisfaction and personal motivation, as well as explores sentiments around key trends shaping the world of work for employees each quarter.

The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International.

About Randstad
Randstad is one of the world’s largest recruitment and HR services providers, with Asia Pacific operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Australia and New Zealand. Randstad Singapore specialises in permanent and contract recruitment, placing high calibre mid to senior level professionals in companies across key industry sectors. Since 1993, Randstad Singapore has been shaping the world of work for 20 years, and continues to help organisations recruit the best talent in accounting & finance, banking and financial services, corporate & secretarial support, engineering, human resources, IT, life sciences and sales & marketing. Visit for further information.

Posted: Friday, 9 December 2016 - 3:16 PM