More than a quarter of people working in Hong Kong plan to look for new jobs in the next three months, a survey has found. Only 54 per cent of respondents were satisfied with their jobs, according to the joint survey carried out by recruitment website HeadlineJobs and the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme in the first quarter. The survey of 1,003 employees found that 26 per cent would look for new jobs in the next three months. The average job satisfaction score among respondents was 3.51 out of five. Robert Chung Ting-yiu, director of the public opinion programme, said the survey results could serve as a reference for employers who hoped to prevent staff from leaving. 'The survey shows there is room for improvement in terms of communication between employees and employers. To help retain staff, employers should not only consider pay factors, but also try to understand their employees better.' He said it was important for bosses to improve working conditions and give employees recognition for their work. The study found most employees believed management recognition of their work performance was crucial to building job satisfaction. They also said a sound benefits scheme was a key motivator in their work. But the study found most employers had overlooked these two factors. The survey also found that younger employees tended to have less job satisfaction. About 51 per cent of those aged 18 to 19 were satisfied with their jobs. The portion of satisfied employees was found to be 53 per cent among those aged 30 to 44. In the age group of 45 to 64, those satisfied with their jobs amounted to 57 per cent.