Over the year, there is an increasing vehement vociferation on the increment of minimum wage among Civil Servants in South West Nigeria. As a result of this uprising, the purpose of this study was to investigate the role of wages and work stress and employee’s job satisfaction among South Western Nigerians Civil Servants in the South West region of Nigeria.
Survey research design was adopted for the study using cluster sampling technique, 212 (96 females, 116 males) with mean age of 41.82 and SD of 9.57 Civil Servants from three South Western State in Nigeria was considered for the study. The research instruments were Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ) and National Institute of Occupational Safety (NIOS). Three hypotheses were formulated and tested with Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Multiple regression analysis. The result revealed that wages r(210) = .49, P < .01 had significant positive relationship with job satisfaction. Work stress r(210 = -.82, P < .01 had significant negative relationship with job satisfaction. Finally, the result of multiple regression indicated that R= .83, R2 = .68 f (2,209) = 144.26, P < .01 exerted a significant interaction influence on job satisfaction. It is therefore recommended that government should be orientated on how the increment in minimum wage and reduction in job stress can help foster employee’s job satisfaction which will in turn boost employee’s productivity.
Keywords: Job Satisfaction, Minimum Wage, Motivation, Productivity and Work Stress