Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2009 Nov;18(2):165-173.

The Influence of Social Support on Job Satisfaction of Migrant Workers

  • 1Department of Nursing, Sangji University, Korea.
  • 2College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea. hyesun@catholic.ac.kr
  • 3College of Nursing, Seoul National University, Korea.
  • 4College of Nursing, Gangwon National University, Korea.
  • 5Department of Nursing, Kyungwon University, Korea.


In Korea, the number of migrant workers is increasing. However, migrant workers have low job satisfaction due to poor working environment, and insufficient social support. This study aimed to investigate the role of social support for job satisfaction of migrant workers. METHOD: We have analyzed the survey data of 397 migrant workers collected from free clinic for migrant workers located in Seoul, Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do. RESULT: When the migrant workers received monetary and emotional supports from supervisors and colleagues, their job satisfaction turned out to be significantly high. The factors that influence job satisfaction of migrant workers are as follows: involvement in manufacturing industry, over 9 hours of daily sleep, monetary and emotional support from supervisors. Their job satisfaction strongly influenced by these factors.
Social support will increase job satisfaction of migrant workers and it will subsequently decrease job turnover rate and increase productivity as well as quality of life.


Migrant workers; Social support; Job satisfaction
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