n South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - The validation of the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale for Emergency Medical Technicians in Gauteng

Volume 7, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



The objectives of this study were to validate the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale (UWES) for emergency medical technicians in the Gauteng Province of South Africa and to determine its construct equivalence and bias for different language groups. A cross-sectional survey design was used with a convenient sample (<I>N</I> = 318) of emergency medical technicians in Gauteng. The UWES and a biographical questionnaire were administered. A two-factor model of work engagement, consisting of Vigour / Dedication and Absorption was found. Exploratory factor analysis with target rotations confirmed the construct equivalence of the work engagement construct for white and black employees.

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