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At the JobsCentral Community Research corner, you would find a wide range of information collected through our extensive research and surveys. Also, you would be able to access our wage tools – the Salary Benchmarker and Salary Calculator. With these information and tools, we hope that you would gain an extra edge to career issues. So do remember to visit us regularly!



Annual Surveys

JobsCentral conducts annual surveys which gather valuable information about professionals and students. Results of these large-scale surveys are widely covered by the media and monitored by HR professionals, CEOs and leaders in the civil service. These annual surveys conducted by JobsCentral include:

2014 JobsCentral Learning
and Survey Report

(Published January 2015)

Initiated in 2009, the JobsCentral Learning Survey provides insights into the higher education landscape in Singapore.

The survey was conducted online in October 2014 among over 3,000 adult learners.

Download the highlights of the Learning Survey 2014 and find out the key motivators, the raising trends, the selection criteria and more of pursuing a higher education in Singapore.


2013 JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator
(Published October 2013)

Curious to find out which industry produces the happiest employee? Or if higher salary brings about greater work happiness?

First launched in 2009, the 2013 JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator provides you with an insight into the happiness level of Singaporean employees across various parameters such as monthly salary, job function and industry of work.

The survey was conducted in May 2013 and received the participation from a total of 3,568 working adults.

So how happy are employees in Singapore this year?

Download a free copy of the Full Report HERE!

2014 JobsCentral Employers of Choice Survey
(Published October 2014)

Conducted annually, the JobsCentral Employers of Choice Survey provides employers with an insight into how they are perceived by undergraduates and fresh graduates in Singapore.

The study targets current full-time undergraduates and recent graduates, within the last 3 years. The last survey was conducted in April 2014 and attracted over 2,300 respondents.

Who are the 2014 Choice Employers?

Download a free copy of the Extract Report HERE!


2014 BrightSparks Scholarship and
Education Survey
(Published July 2014)

The BrightSparks Scholarship & Education Survey provides insights into scholarship, higher education and career preferences of potential scholarship recipients in Singapore.

The survey targets GCE ‘A’ Levels and IB Diploma graduates, final year polytechnic students and university year 1 and 2 undergraduates. The last survey was conducted in February 2014 and included over 2,900 respondents.

Find out which are the most popular scholarships and scholarship providers this year.

Download a free copy of the Extract Report HERE!

Straw Polls

On top of our annual surveys, JobsCentral also conducts frequent mini research polls. The topics of these polls range from employment, education to current affairs. The main objectives of these mini-polls are to understand the views of the public better and hopefully ignite discussion on various issues close to heart. Some of our latest research polls include:

Would you welcome the idea of ‘Working from home’?

(26 Sep to 30 Oct, 2012)

With technology and connectivity improvements, working from home is no longer just another Monday morning dream. By providing their staff with the option of working from home, businesses may enjoy advantages such as reduced overhead costs and better morale.

Even so, some may argue that the lack of supervision may affect work quality and that the absence of interactions may erode team cohesiveness.

What is the overall perception of Singapore workers towards working from home?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

Do you agree that female employees should be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave?

(30 Aug to 21 Sep, 2012)

In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.

What do Singapore workers think of a 6-months paid maternity leave for working mothers?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What is your greatest motivation in pursuing an MBA?

(18 Jul to 28 Aug, 2012)

A Masters in Business Administration (or MBA) is an accredited post-graduate degree programme which imparts students with the knowledge and skills of business operations.

Admissions into most MBA programmes are often based on academic credentials, work experiences and performance in an admittance test. Despite the arduous admittance process, MBA programmes continue to observe a growing popularity in Singapore.

What are the motivations behind enrolling for an MBA programme?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

How often do you socialize with your colleagues out of work?

(23 May to 12 Jun, 2012)

As with any relationships, frequent engagements and communication often strengthen the bonds between individuals. Regular bonding sessions out of work, are usually the most effective platforms for co-workers to nurture closer work relationships and teamwork.

Even so, some may argue that the notion of socializing with co-workers should be kept within the time spent at work and that post-office hours should be reserved for private social circles. Undeniably, you and your colleagues do in fact spend just about 8 hours of every work day in the company of one another already.

Do most workers hang out with their colleagues after work and how often do they do so?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What are usually your reasons for calling in sick when you are not?

(9 Apr to 23 May, 2012)

Ever had one of those days when your urge to avoid work drove your temperature up, gave you a bad throat and led to the worst run you have experienced?

The last poll conducted by Jobscentral from 9th April to 23rd May 2012, sought to shed some light on the common ailments compelling workers to call in sick when they are not.

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What non-work related factors might affect an employer's decision of promoting someone?

(14 Mar to 9 Apr, 2012)

To an employee, a job promotion is usually esteemed as a merit reserved only for the most deserving. It is an indication that one’s contribution to the company is valued and that he/she is ready to take on more responsibilities.

At times, however, most are slapped with the bitter truth that excellent work performance alone may not guarantee a move up the steps of the organizational ladder. In fact, factors affecting promotional opportunities may sometimes go beyond the context of work altogether.

What are the non-work related attributes, which would most affect an employer's decision of promoting someone?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What is the most important factor when considering a job offer?

(24 Feb to 14 Mar, 2012)

Against an ever-competitive job market, employment offers are often reserved not only for the finest candidates, but also for those who are willing to adjust their job expectations. What is the most essential consideration job seekers put before all others when deciding whether to accept or reject a job offer?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What is your preferred energy booster during lunch?

(9 Feb to 23 Feb, 2012)

Lunch break. For the general work crowd, this term usually signifies the main pit stop of the day. It marks the completion of the first-half in a day’s work and is also the much anticipated halftime. It is during their lunch breaks where employees get to refuel themselves for the remaining lapses in the daily rat race.

What are the common energy boosters which workers engage in during their lunch break?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

Do you have an office spouse?

(26 Jan to 9 Feb, 2012)

It is in the nature of humans to seek acceptances and companionship. Even against the backdrop of a workplace setting, individuals would naturally seek out a close companion with whom they share common interests and views. Under inexplicable circumstances, this companion may even be of an opposite gender.

Do most employees have a colleague of the opposite sex that they have a close platonic relationship with? Someone who knows about their personal life as much as – or maybe even more than – their actual spouse? Someone who qualifies as an “office spouse”?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What do you do when you feel burnt out?

(3 Jan to 26 Jan, 2012)

Running at the relentless pace of the indifferent urban jungle, what is the preferred remedy amongst employees to recharging a toiling body, mind and soul?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

Are you planning a job switch after receiving the year-end bonus?

(2 Dec 2011 to 3 Jan 2012)

Amidst year-end celebrations and countdown revelries, the period towards the beginning of the New Year is often a time for many to ponder upon fresh resolutions. Resolutions that fall in the context of, say, losing weight, saving more money and other goals which one hopes to accomplish in the coming year. It should come as no surprise that switching to a better job is also amongst the common list of New Year’s resolutions.

Needless to say, it would be a strategic time to consider a job switch since it’s the time to look forward to a “fresh year, fresh start”. It is also during this period where many companies practise handing out year-end bonuses as reward to employees for their contributions throughout the year. Often, employees looking for a professional switch would take the receipt of year-end bonuses as a cue to start their search for greener pastures.

So, are you planning on joining the bandwagon of job-switchers after receiving the coming year-end bonus?

Click here to find out the results! Also, be sure to participate in the forum discussion here!

What would be the most appropriate amount to spend on a Christmas gift for your boss?

(21 Nov to 2 Dec, 2011)

To some, the impending Christmas holiday does not necessarily relate only to indulging in the festive joy. In particular, one may find the process of choosing the right gifts extremely vexing. This ordeal can be especially distressing if your boss is amongst the recipients in your gift list.

Selecting an appropriate gift for the boss can be an extremely delicate affair. An overly exorbitant gift might immediately grant you the “bootlicker” tag by co-workers while an inexpensive gift may come off as insincere.

So, how much would be an appropriate amount to spend on a gift for the boss?

Click here to find out the results! Share with us your views on the forum here!

Why was it that “Occupy Raffles Place” failed?

(1 Nov to 21 Nov, 2011)

Originating from New York City, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement initiated by a group of activists was meant as a peaceful demonstration to protest against expanding disparity in wealth, corporate greed and corporate influence over democracy. The protest first started in early September 2011 and by October 2011, it has inspired similar demonstrations in numerous locations around the globe.

In Singapore, a similar movement was slated to take place. The “Occupy Raffles Place” movement, termed after its New York counterpart, garnered thousands of supporters in its Facebook page and gained widespread attention throughout the island. So much so that, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) issued a public statement discouraging Singaporeans from participating in the protest. The local version of the movement, however, failed to take place due to the inadequate on-the-ground support.

Why was it that Occupy Raffles Place failed? Could it be that Singaporeans do not feel the same level of resentment as the Wall Street protesters? Could it be that Singaporeans are afraid that they might infringe the law? Perhaps Singaporeans believed that holding a protest is not necessary as better alternatives were available? Or was it simply because most Singaporeans have no idea what the protest is about?

Click here to find out the results! Share with us your views on the forum here!

Which do you think is most effective in reducing workplace fatalities?

(3 Oct to 31 Oct, 2011)

According to the latest Workplace Safety and Health report published by the WSH council,the number of workplace fatalities went up in the first half of 2011. In particular, 77% of the fatalities came from the three traditional sectors- Marine, Construction and Manufacturing.

In addition to the increased number of deaths, the number of occupational diseases also rose significantly. The primary reason for the rise in occupational diseases is the increased reporting of the Noise-Induced Deafness (NID) related cases.

With the rising number of workplace deaths, JobsCentral would like to find out which measure you think would be the most effective in reducing the number of workplace fatalities.

Do you think there should be more workplace inspections? How about harsher penalties for both employers and workers who flout safety regulations? Or do you think making proper equipment training compulsory for all employees would help significantly?

Click here to find out the results! Share with us your views on the forum here!

Blog Entries

27 Feb 2014

Singapore Workers Reveal Their Working Weight Woes, in JobsCentral Survey

27 Jan 2014

One in Four Singapore Workers Have an Auspicious Practice at Work, according to a JobsCentral Survey

24 Oct 2013

Survey Report: Singapore workers recount strange requests from their bosses

1 Aug 2013

Survey Results: Tales of the night (shift). Singapore workers share ghostly encounters at work

29 Apr 2013

JobsCentral Survey: Singapore employers confess to bad work habits that they are guilty of

27 Mar 2013

Survey Results: In the quest for talents. Interviewers share bizarre interview encounters and common interview blunders, finds JobsCentral’s survey

5 Mar 2013

Survey Results: Three-in-four employers in Singapore snoop on job candidates online, JobsCentral’s Survey finds

22 Jan 2013

Survey Results: Are you a saver or spender? JobsCentral Survey reveals the savings habits of Singapore workers

17 Dec 2012

Survey Results: Singapore workers share why they faked being sick to avoid work

13 Sep 2012

Survey Results: Nearly one-quarter of Singapore workers feel bullied at work

22 Mar 2012

Survey Results: Three-in-four workers in Singapore use internet for non-work related activities during work hours

13 Feb 2012

Survey Results: More than half of Singapore workers would avoid dating someone from their workplace


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