In 2007, the wage was the primary source of dissatisfaction in employment

Pauline Charnoz, département de l’Emploi et des revenus d’activité, Insee et Michel Gollac, LSQ-Crest et CMH

In 2007, among the criteria for employee assessments of their job, the wage was the primary source of dissatisfaction ahead of working conditions, job stability and working hours: in enterprises with more than 10 employees in the market sector, 55% of employees said they were somewhat dissatisfied with their wage, giving it a score below or equal to 5 out of 10. Only 28% expressed satisfaction with regard to the compensation of their professional experience and 46% with regard to the compensation of their level of education. The gap between wages received and the wage deemed as "normal" was relatively large: half of employees estimated that it was more than 330 euros a month. Furthermore, these wages deemed "normal" were not quite as unequal as the wages actually received. Employees assessed their wage according to the amount, but also by comparing it to the salary received by other employees with similar traits; their opinion was also influenced by the feeling of belonging to a company that pays well or poorly.

Insee Première
No 1270
Paru le : 08/12/2009