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Table 6 Salaries and other factors predicting decisions to migrate abroad (N = 694)

From: Migration of South African health workers: the extent to which financial considerations influence internal flows and external movements

  Model 1 Model 2 Model 3
  OR 95%CI OR 95%CI OR 95%CI
Monthly Salaries       
R20000+ ($2857)       
R2000-6000 ($285-$856) 1.14 0.16 - 7.63 0.85 0.08 - 3.51 0.81 0.66 - 1.88
R6000-10000 ($856-$1428) 1.04 0.16 - 6.91 0.89 0.09 - 6.06 1.16 0.11 - 2.67
R10000-20000 ($1428-$2857) 1.62 0.15 - 2.02 1.24 0.15 - 1.06 1.48 0.14 - 5.78
Social Economic Characteristics       
Job Title       
(Medical Doctors)       
Professional Nurses    0.75 0.04 - 3.73 0.54 0.02 - 3.89
Enrolled Nurses    0.91 0.42 - 8.38 0.07 0.02 - 9.35
Nursing Assistants    0.81 0.03 - 9.63 0.65 0.01 - 2.16
Current Age    0.43** 0.98 - 1.86 1.04* 0.99 - 1.11
Currently Married    1.77 0.42 - 7.17 1.94 0.36 - 1.29
Female    1.44 0.71 - 5.98 1.29 0.57 - 2.93
(Lower Sec + upper and vocation)    2.46* 1.01 - 5.94 2.11* 0.76 - 5.23
Work experience and perceptions       
Average hours of work per week      1.03 0.95 - 1.03
Length of time worked      0.71 0.23 - 2.18
Does not have a heavy workload      0.89 0.71 - 1.12
Not stressed at work      0.95* 0.77 - 4.89
No Job Satisfaction      1.58* 1.24 - 1.87
Log likelihood −163.502 −99.561 −80.189
Pseudo-R2 0.0169 0.06 0.0095
N 275 182 154
  1. Notes: Reference category in Parenthesis.
  2. Significant at + P < 0.1, *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001.
  3. OR: Odds Ratios among lower and higher salary earners and other SES and work experience variables.
  4. CI: Confidence interval at 95%.