Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index Shows Renewed Confidence Among Healthcare Workers

 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index Shows Renewed Confidence Among
                              Healthcare Workers

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2013

BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The fourth quarter findings from the
Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index reveals that healthcare workers
are more confident in nearly all aspects surveyed, including strength of the
economy and availability of jobs. In addition, U.S. healthcare workers are
much more likely to look for a new job compared to the third quarter of 2012.
The online survey, conducted in October through December, 2012 by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare, showed that overall employee
confidence rose by 4.1 points to 57.5 in the fourth quarter. The survey of 299
workers included physicians, healthcare administrators and other healthcare
professionals.

"Given the latest findings of our Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, it
appears much of the anxiety around the fiscal cliff concerns have all but
dissipated as we enter 2013," said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of
Randstad US, Professionals. "The healthcare employment market has exhibited
strong growth in the past months, adding 23,000 jobs in January and rising
320,000 over the year. The long-term outlook for the industry is equally as
promising. Specifically, physicians in urgent care and those with
specialization in anti-aging medicine are in high demand, as are registered
nurses in both permanent and temporary positions. In fact, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to
grow faster than the average for all occupations, with 26 percent gains from
2010 to 2020."

This year, many hospitals will be focused on cost containment and efficiency
as they navigate compliance with recent changes in healthcare reform. The
temporary nursing industry will be a key strategy for these healthcare
organizations to increase their supply of nursing talent and new demands
without sacrificing patient outcomes. In a study released in December by the
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, which examined data from more
than 1.3 million patients and 40,000 nurses in more than 600 hospitals,
researchers from the university concluded that hiring temporary nurses
immediately increases the nurse-to-patient ration—which correlates directly to
decreased patient mortality rates.

Healthcare Workers Believe More Jobs Are Available

  oThe number of healthcare workers who believe there are more jobs available
    increased by nine percentage points to reach 22 percent, up from 13
    percent in the third quarter of 2012. Less than half of healthcare workers
    surveyed (45 percent) believe there are fewer job opportunities available,
    a decline of nine percentage points compared to the previous quarter.

Healthcare Workers More Likely to Job Search

  oNearly one-third (31 percent) of healthcare workers say they are likely to
    look for a new job in the next 12 months. This represents an increase of
    eight percentage points from Q3 2012.

More Than Half of Healthcare Workers Confident They Can Find a New Job

  oMore than half of healthcare workers surveyed (58 percent) indicated they
    are confident they could find a job in the next 12 months. This reflects
    an increase from 55 percent in the previous quarter.

Slight Decrease in Employer Confidence Among Healthcare Workers

  oA majority of healthcare workers (62 percent) feel confident in the future
    of their company. This number declined slightly by six percentage points
    from the third quarter.

Healthcare Workers Believe the Economy is Getting Stronger

  oJust under three-in-ten (29 percent) healthcare workers say the economy is
    getting stronger this quarter, an increase of nine percentage points
    compared to Q3 2012. Forty-one percent of healthcare workers believe the
    economy is weakening, a decrease of three percentage points from last
    quarter.

To view the latest quarterly trends report, click here.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare from October 8-10, November
12-14, and December 11-13, 2012, among 4,738 adults ages 18 and older of which
299 are employed in healthcare, which included physicians, healthcare
administrators, as well as other healthcare professionals. This online survey
is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical
sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including
weighting variables, please contact lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com.

About Randstad Healthcare
Randstad Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the
U.S. and offers market leading, all-inclusive healthcare staffing solutions.
Randstad Healthcare has been matching healthcare professionals with career
opportunities at America's top healthcare facilities for over 25 years. From
large hospital systems and rural medical centers, to physician groups,
insurance companies, clinics, and Fortune 500 companies, Randstad Healthcare
offers full-service staffing capabilities, including physicians, nurses,
advanced practice, case management, allied health, and vendor managed
services. For more information, please visit www.randstadhealthcare.com

About Randstad
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 www.randstad.com.

SOURCE Randstad

Website: http://www.randstadhealthcare.com
Contact: Rebecca Holton, +1-404-870-6834, rebecca.holton@mslgroup.com; or
Lesly Cardec, +1-954-308-6302, lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com
 
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