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Table 1 Total and sub-group frequency distribution by demographic and job-related variables

From: Factors affecting job satisfaction and retention of medical laboratory professionals in seven countries of Sub-Saharan Africa

Demographic variables Total (n = 224) Less highly trained laboratory technicians (n = 115) Highly trained laboratory technicians (n = 109)
Gender    
Male 134 (59.8%) 70 (60.9%) 64 (58.7%)
Female 90 (40.2%) 45 (39.1%) 45 (41.3%)
Age group, years    
<25 18 (8.0%) 11 (9.6%) 7 (6.4%)
25 to 29 60 (26.8%) 36 (31.3%) 24 (22.0%)
30 to 34 56 (25.0%) 18 (15.6%) 38 (34.9%)
35 to 39 34 (15.2%) 21 (18.2%) 13 (11.9%)
40 to 44 26 (11.6%) 11 (9.6%) 15 (13.8%)
45 to 49 11 (4.9%) 7 (6.1%) 4 (3.7%)
>50 19 (8.5%) 11(9.6%) 8 (7.3%)
Level of facility    
Health centre 48 (21.4%) 30 (26.1%) 18 (16.5%)
District hospital 96 (42.9%) 51 (44.3%) 45 (41.3%)
Provincial hospital 10 (4.5%) 1 (0.9%) 9 (8.3%)
Regional hospital 24 (10.7%)) 12 (10.4%) 12 (11.0%)
Othera 46 (20.5%) 21 (18.3%) 25 (22.9%)
Years in professional working experience    
<1 10 (4.4%) 10 (8.7%) 0 (0.0%)
1-2 18 (8.0%) 9 (7.8%) 9 (8.2%)
2-3 36 (16.1%) 19 (16.5%) 17 (15.6%)
3-5 40 (17.9%) 19 (16.5%) 21 (19.3%)
>5 120 (53.6%) 58 (50.5%) 62 (56.9%)
Laboratory jobs held in the past 5 years    
1 96 (42.8%) 53 (46.1%) 43 (39.4%)
2 94 (42.0%) 44 (38.2%) 50 (45.9%)
3 19 (8.5%) 8 (7.0%) 11 (10.1%)
4 5 (2.2%) 4 (3.5%) 1 (0.9%)
5 10 (4.5% ) 6 (5.2%) 4 (3.7%)
  1. aFaith-based or private laboratories not equivalent to any level.