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More than 1 in 2 Gen Z Singaporeans are ‘quiet quitting’

Salary dissatisfaction and burnout is the leading cause of ‘quiet quitting’.

Salary dissatisfaction and burnout are the top reasons why Singaporeans are ‘quiet quitting’, a survey by job website Indeed revealed.

Amongst generations, Gen Z are amongst the highest to ‘quiet quit’ with 55% of them already planning about it.

In the survey, Singapore workers identify quiet quitting "as 'saying no' to the hustle culture that expects employees to do extra hours and give their most at work". 

According to Indeed’s report, salary dissatisfaction and burnout are the top reasons given by workers to ‘quiet quit’. The data shows 45% of Singaporean workers surveyed said dissatisfaction with salary is their number one reason for ‘quiet quitting’, whilst 44% cited burnout or being overwhelmed as their secondary reason. Other reasons mentioned are dissatisfaction with career progression and lack of support from management. 

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Workers between 16 and 25 years old (Gen Z) are also the group least interested in money when choosing a job. While 50% of those in this age bracket say salary is the most critical reason when accepting a position, 61% of Millennials and 70% of Gen X say financial compensation is the most crucial issue.

Gen Z says flexibility (45%) and career progression (43%) are the other two top critical aspects when thinking about a job offer.   

The survey also shows Gen Z is the generation that finds it more important to work with friends and people they already know. This is a critical aspect of choosing a job for 15% of those under 25. Only 9% of Gen X and 5% of Boomers think the same.

Another report finding is that all generations, including Gen Z, say the under-25s are the most impatient group during hiring processes, expecting companies to be more agile. Among all ages, 66% believe this is true, including 68% of Gen Zs.

Gen Z is also the generation that most experience ghosting and ghost recruiters. Ghosting happens when communication between recruiters and candidates stops without any explanation or conclusion. 

The survey identifies that 64% of those under 25 have experienced or have ghosted recruiters during a hiring process. This number drops to 59% for Millennials and 41% for Gen X.

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