Typical U.S. workers with full-time jobs at big employers seem to have less capacity to cope with an illness, disability or other financial shock than workers with comparable jobs in most other developed countries.
About 45% of the U.S. workers that Willis Towers Watson said they “live paycheck to paycheck.”
The U.S. workers were noticeably more likely to say they live paycheck to paycheck than the workers in the 11 other developed markets included.
The U.S. workers were also more likely to report living paycheck to paycheck than workers in all but four of the 10 developing countries included.
U.S. workers seem to be noticing their lack of short-term financial security, Willis Towers Watson analysts write in a new survey report.
“The U.S. presents a particularly gloomy picture, with financial satisfaction plunging by 13 percentage points between 2015 and 2017 — from 48% to 35%,” the analysts write.
The Willis Towers Watson analysts based part of the data in the report on a survey of about 19,000 workers in 12 markets that the analysts classified as developed: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The analysts also collected survey data from about 12,000 in 10 countries the analysts classified as developing: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines and Turkey.