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April 27, 2009 07:00pm

SOUTH Australian workers are remaining optimistic about their job security and two-thirds of people are happy with their employment.

The results of the 2009 CareerOne reader survey show a promising level of positive thinking despite the economic downturn.

Of the 1000-plus respondents, just over one-quarter were very or quite worried about losing their job in the present economic climate, with those most unconcerned falling in the 25 to 34 age group.

Workers in the 35 to 44 age bracket were the most worried about job losses, with 11 per cent responding that they were “very worried” about the effects of the global financial crisis.

In terms of job satisfaction, an overwhelming 64 per cent of respondents were happy with their job, with only one in five reporting that they were not happy with their employment.

Those discontented with their jobs came from the 45-plus age group, while the happiest workers were aged 25 to 34.

The survey results indicate happiness comes from a strong level of work/life balance, reduced work travel stresses and the majority having the scope to seek out new challenges in present roles.

The No 1 workplace stress was unrealistic expectations about workload, followed by issues caused by management.

JR’s Surf & Ski at Westfield Marion workers Bethany Allison and Nick Day have no such worries.

Both young retail assistants report they are happy and secure in their job.

Ms Allison, 21, of North Brighton, says her work environment adds to her satisfaction.

“The people I work with make it really fun. My boss is really nice, it’s close to home and you don’t have to worry about not getting good hours,” Ms Allison said.

Similarly, Mr Day, 21, who has worked at the retail outlet for three years says he’s “definitely not” worried about losing his job.,22606,25394760-2682,00.html

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