Palma.—More than 56 percent of the Balearic workforce said in a survey yesterday that a pay-rise would be the best Chrismas present they could have from their employers.

The remaining 46 percent say that they would prefer more flexible working hours rather than more cash at the end of the month. The survey by the Small Business Association also said that six percent of workers would like to change their boss and another 12 percent would like more training.

To improve morale in the work place if a pay rise was not possible, 47 percent of workers said that they would like private medical insurance or a private pension scheme while a smaller minority said that they would like financial help in educating their children.

Despite claims that a large number of Majorcans are now looking abroad for employment it appears that only eight out of ten workers would consider moving outside of Spain because of family reasons. While the majority of employees would like to have a pay rise many still fear for their future with a wage cut one of their biggest fears.

The Spanish labour market has declined over recent years and the rate of unemployment is now rapidly heading towards the five million mark, according to recent figures.

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