Job satisfaction among immigrant workers: a review of determinants

Wang, Zhongmin, and Jing, Xinlin (2018) Job satisfaction among immigrant workers: a review of determinants. Social Indicators Research, 139 (1). pp. 381-401.

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Abstract

In recent years, an increasing number of studies have investigated the well-being of international immigrants in host countries. An important indicator of immigrants' well-being is job satisfaction. Job satisfaction reflects a pleasant emotional state, in which individuals positively appraise their job or work experience. In this article, we discuss the determinants of immigrants' job satisfaction, based on research conducted over the past three and a half decades. The determinants observed in the literature can be categorized into work- and non-work-related groups. Work-specific determinants include workplace environments, job characteristics, and work-specific personal factors (e.g., competency-related factors, psychological states, and work-specific demographics). Non-work-specific determinants include general demographics, culture-related factors (e.g., language, cultural traits, and acculturation), and community-related factors. This review demonstrates that past research has made important strides toward our understanding of the influential factors leading to immigrants' job satisfaction. We call for future research to continue to explore these factors, as well as new factors, given the limited empirical evidence that exists for this population group.

Item ID: 55184
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-0921
Keywords: Immigrants, Work-related factors, Non-work-specific factors, Job satisfaction
Copyright Information: Copyright © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 09:41
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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