Factors predicting job satisfaction among faculty members of a Saudi higher education institution

  • Ahmed Al Kuwaiti, Hasan Ali Bicak, Saeed Wahass
  • Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, July 2019, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/jarhe-07-2018-0128

What is it about?

An exploratory study design was adopted and Academic Job Satisfaction (AJS) survey was administered to 943 faculty members of the health sciences program through an online system. A total of 850 faculty members responded to 47 items and one global rating item (overall job satisfaction) using a five-point ordinal scale.

Why is it important?

This study adds a value to the existing literature by exploring the factors influencing job satisfaction of health sciences’ faculty members working in Saudi Universities. This would aid policy makers to focus on these factors, thereby improve and maintain job satisfaction among healthcare academics.


Dr Ahmed Al Kuwaiti
Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam

The level of job satisfaction of health sciences’ faculty members on all dimensions of AJS is observed to be high (>3.5) except salary, which is shown as medium (2.5–3.49). Regression analysis indicates the factors other than Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU) administrative policies and interpersonal relationships are significant predictors of overall job satisfaction; and salary is the most significant predictor of overall job satisfaction among health sciences’ faculty members.

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