Entrepreneurial Spirit

Asia Pacific workers outdo global average for starting own businesses.

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Asia Pacific

Randstad’s Workmonitor research has shown that 37 per cent of employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are considering leaving their current job to start their own business. This compares with a lower global average of 28 per cent.

Malaysia was found to have the highest percentage of employees (49 per cent) who were looking at possibly leaving their job for a shot at entrepreneurship, while Singapore employees were the least motivated (32 per cent) with regards to starting their own business.

Millennials were, globally and regionally, the largest group of employees who were considering leaving their job to start their own venture. Despite this sentiment, the Workmonitor research also revealed that the millennial group has the highest preference for working in a large multinational organisation. While these findings may seem to contradict, it shows that although Millennials may aspire to start their own businesses, they are also acutely aware of the benefits work experience at an MNC can bring.

While employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia may consider leaving their jobs to start their own business more than their global counterparts, the fear of failure seems to be holding them back from making this career switch. Seven in 10 employees across all three countries felt that the risk of failure being an entrepreneur is too big.

More than half of employees (51 per cent) in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia would however consider taking the route to entrepreneurship if they lost their jobs. Among the three countries, Malaysians were most likely (61 per cent) to do so, compared to Singaporeans (42 per cent).


Managing Director for Randstad Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, Michael Smith noted, “Our Workmonitor research recently revealed that employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia had some of the highest global preference for working at large multinational organisations. It’s particularly interesting that this same research has shown that many of these employees are also considering leaving their jobs to start their own business, but are at the same time held back by the fear of failure. The governments in all three countries have recently been ramping up efforts to create a startup friendly environment to allow new businesses to thrive. As these new business communities grow and thrive, it will be interesting to monitor how the attitude towards entrepreneurship changes.”



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