An Investigation of National Trends in Job Satisfaction in Britain and Germany

29 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2005

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Francis Green

University of Kent - Department of Economics

Nicholas Tsitsianis

University of Kent - Department of Economics

Abstract

Trends in job satisfaction in Britain and Germany are described, and potential explanations investigated. Contrary to what might be expected from popular commentary, changing job insecurity does not explain the fall in job satisfaction in either country. It is found that intensification of work effort and declining task discretion account for the fall in job satisfaction in Britain. In Germany there was a modest fall in the proportion of people working the number of hours that they wanted to. However, while working too many or too few hours is a significant source of job dissatisfaction, the changes were too small to account for the fall in job satisfaction.

Suggested Citation

Green, Francis and Tsitsianis, Nicholas, An Investigation of National Trends in Job Satisfaction in Britain and Germany. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 43, No. 3, pp. 401-429, September 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=788988

Francis Green (Contact Author)

University of Kent - Department of Economics ( email )

Keynes College
Kent, CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.kent.ac.uk/economics/staff/gfg/

Nicholas Tsitsianis

University of Kent - Department of Economics

Keynes College
Kent, CT2 7NP
United Kingdom

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