Randstad Survey: U.S. Worker Confidence Index Paints Rosy Picture Heading Into
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013
NEW YORK, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Randstad Employee Confidence Index
increased 3.7 points in December to 55.4, ending the year with one of the
highest levels of optimism recorded over the last 12 months. The last time
the Index scored 55 or above was in March 2012 when it reached 55.5.
Randstad's Index, which measures employee insights on jobs, the economy, and
their personal employment situation, found more workers believe the economy is
not only getting stronger, but there are also more jobs available. This month,
a greater number of employed adults also indicated they could land a new job
in the next 12 months.
"Our latest report is certainly a positive sign and a nice way to end a year
that many classify as being a mixed bag," said Randstad US managing director
of human resources Jim Link. "When you compare this month over December 2011's
reading, we are looking at a significant eight point increase. As various
economic events occurred around us, such as the presidential election,
economic conditions abroad, and severe weather events, workers remained
surprisingly confident throughout it all—with our Index falling only once
under the 50.0 confidence threshold. Even in the midst of fiscal cliff
negotiations, employees believe employers' businesses are stabilizing and more
jobs will become available in 2013. We anticipate businesses' desire for a
more variable workforce to increase heading into next year, and workers'
desire to 'work smarter' and carve out their own career paths to increase. The
most forward-looking employers are using this time to re-evaluate what
motivates and retains their top performers before it's too late."
Look Inside the Report:
Employee Confidence Increases in December
oThe Randstad Employee Confidence Index increased 3.7 points to 55.4 in
December—the second highest reading all year
U.S. Workers More Optimistic Around Economic Future, Jobs
oIn the last month of the year, 31 percent of employees indicated the
economy is getting stronger, one of the highest readings all year
oMore employees, 23 percent, believe there are more jobs available
(compared to 20 percent in November)
Employees Remain Secure in their Jobs, Confident in the Future of their
oEmployees continue to report high levels of confidence when it comes to
their own job security, with 72 percent reporting they feel secure
oBuilding on this stability, a majority of workers (59 percent) remain
confident in the future of their current employers
A Third of Workers Plan to Transition to a New Job in the New Year
oThirty-four percent of employees indicated they plan to transition to a
new job in 2013, down two percentage points from November 2012
oForty-nine percent of workers are confident in their ability to find a new
job, a year high reading for 2012
The Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index measures workforce trends across
the country since 2004.
This December 2012 Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online within the
United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad between December
10-12, 2012 among a U.S. sample of 1,762 employed adults, aged 18 years and
older. Results were weighted as needed for age, sex, race/ethnicity, income,
education, and region. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for
respondents' propensity to be online.
All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling,
are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to
quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error
associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and
response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris
Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All
that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different
probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates.
These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this
Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to
participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to
reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. Because the sample is
based on those who agreed to be invited to participate in the Harris
Interactive online research panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error
can be calculated.
Randstad is a $22.5 billion global provider of HR services and the second
largest staffing organization in the world. From temporary staffing to
permanent placement to inhouse, professionals, search & selection, and HR
Solutions, Randstad holds top positions around the world and has approximately
28,700 corporate employees working from its nearly 4,700 branches and inhouse
locations in 40 countries. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Diemen, the
Netherlands, Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.
Learn more at http://www.randstad.com.
Contact: Lesly Cardec, Senior PR Director, Randstad, 800-422-3819,
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