Randstad Workmonitor: Majority of workers feel overqualified while a fifth are underqualified

Only a small proportion of people around the world are working in a job that they feel they are properly qualified for, a new report has discovered, with many saying that they have skills above and beyond what they need, while others feel they do not have the qualifications to complete the task at hand. This is also causing a discrepancy in the level of satisfaction that people garner from their work.

Randstad recently released its Into The Gap report, which focused on the statistical analysis of qualifications of employees around the globe. It has now released its new Workmonitor report, however, which takes into account how people in work perceive the skills they have themselves.

The study discovered that the number of people across the world in employment who feel that they are overqualified to do their job amounts to nearly half of the population, with 47 per cent agreeing with this statement.

On the other hand, some 20 per cent of people admitted they are in a job that they simply do not have the skills and qualifications to carry out, and believe that they are punching above their weight when it comes to completing their job.

Globally then, this means that only a third of people (33 per cent) believe that they have found themselves in a position in which they feel their skills are both adequate and being put to good use.

The proportion of people who feel they have too much in the way of useful skills for their position is even higher in countries where there are economic issues. In Greece, for example, 69 per cent of workers said that they are overqualified for their job. In Turkey, this figure was even higher, sitting at 78 per cent.

This could be attributed to the fact that jobseekers in these countries are finding far less highly-skilled jobs available, meaning that they turn instead toward positions which they are overqualified for in a desperate bid to work.

It was said though, that in northern European countries, there appears to be a better balance of people who feel their job matches their skills. In Denmark for example, only 28 per cent of employees agreed with the fact that they were overqualified with their job.
And it appears, according to the report, that there is some correlation between people being properly skilled to carry out their job, and the satisfaction that they get when they are in work.

For example, in Sweden and other Nordic countries like Denmark, there is a high level of job satisfaction to go hand in hand with the fact people are well matched for their position. In the nation, job satisfaction rose from 65 to 75 per cent of people.

Meanwhile, in economically challenged countries such as Greece and Spain, when people are forced to take jobs that are below their skill level are among the least satisfied in the world Randstad said, alongside Hungary.

This shows that people in general are looking for jobs that are not only within their capabilities, but also give them a level of challenge that suits their own personal skills, leaving them happy and satisfied when they head into their place of work.

To read the Randstad Workmonitor, click here
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