Job Satisfaction among Governmental and Private Sector Employees in Qatar

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The purpose of this study was to examine correlates of job satisfaction for employees working in governmental and private sectors in Qatar. Nine facets of job satisfaction were considered: pay, promotion, supervision, fringe benefits, contingent rewards, operating conditions, co-workers, nature of work, and communication.

Questionnaires were used to collect the data for this study. The research subjects were drawn from five national banks as well as two agencies. The five national banks were selected to represent the private sector and the two official agencies to represent the governmental sector. Questionnaires were distributed to 1,800 employees in these organizations. Completed questionnaires were obtained from 1,113 employees, a response rate of 61.8 percent.

Among the correlates of some facets of job satisfaction for employees in both sectors were: place of work, gender, supervision responsibilities, educational level, nationality, salary, age, occupational level, and participation in training courses. The correlates of the different facets of job satisfaction were also examined for both governmental and private sector employees. Different patterns of relationships were generally found among the independent variables and the facets of job satisfaction for private and governmental sector employees. However, the educational level, work experience, and number of training courses were exceptions to this pattern and were not generally associated with job satisfaction.

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