Ethnicity and Job Satisfaction: Perspectives of Foreign Educators on Compensations in Khon Kaen City, Thailand

By Chavis Ketkaew and Phaninee Naruetharadhol.

Published by The International Journal of Organizational Diversity

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This research paper aims to explore and rank the levels of satisfaction with compensations among foreign educators with different ethnicities (European, American/Canadian, Australian/New Zealander, Asian, and African) in Khon Kaen city, Thailand. Based on a random sampling method, eighty foreign educators working at schools, English tutorial schools, and universities in Khon Kaen city were used as samples. Survey questionnaires were employed using rating scales and open-ended questions concerning foreign educator’s satisfaction with compensations, namely bonuses and salaries. Then, a one-way ANOVA and a t-test were used to differentiate the means of satisfaction among different ethnicities. After the statistical test, satisfaction scores were ranked from one to five (lowest to highest). The results indicate that, in terms of bonus compensation, the Asian educators were somewhat satisfied; the Australian, New Zealander, American, Canadian, and African were neutral; but the European educators were somewhat dissatisfied. As for salary compensation, the Asian were somewhat satisfied; the Australian, New Zealand, American, and Canadian were neutral; but the European and African were somewhat dissatisfied. Finally, the implications for management in educational institutions with multinational employees were discussed. Among other recommendations, promoting compensation equality regardless of ethnicities and communicating transparent compensation criteria are very crucial.

Keywords: Ethnicity, Compensation Satisfaction, Salary, Bonus, Thailand, Foreign Educators

The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, Volume 16, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.13-21. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 994.721KB)).

Asst. Prof. Chavis Ketkaew

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance, International College, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand

Phaninee Naruetharadhol

Chair of Global Business Program, International College, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand