Worker Confidence Rises in February

                     Worker Confidence Rises in February

Randstad Survey Finds US Workers More Upbeat About Economy

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, March 8, 2013

NEW YORK, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Randstad Employee Confidence Index
rose 1.4 points in February to 53.5, indicating U.S. workers may be feeling
slightly more upbeat about the economy and the job market. The Index, which
tracks U.S. workers' perspectives around jobs and the economy each month,
reveals that 30 percent of workers believe the economy is strengthening and
nearly a quarter say more jobs are available. The study, conducted online by
Harris Interactive, surveyed 1,071 U.S. workers in February of 2013.

"Much like the Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, our report shows
optimism in the economy seems to have improved over the last month," said
Randstad US managing director Jim Link. "Concerns over the impending fiscal
cliff appear to have dissipated a bit. In fact, more workers believe the
number of jobs available have increased—which is a great sign that overall
sentiment on economic conditions is improving.

Despite this welcoming news, it is important to note workers may show
decreased confidence over the coming months due to recent increases in gas
prices and payroll taxes. On the other hand, one thing our report has
consistently indicated is that employed workers are, and have been, keeping
their eyes open for other opportunities. In fact, this indicator has never
fallen below thirty-one percent of those surveyed in the last eight years of
conducting this research—this should speak volumes to anyone managing

Look Inside the Report:

Employee Confidence Rises in February; Stable Year-Over-Year

  oThe Randstad Employee Confidence Index increased 1.4 points to 53.5 in
    February as worker confidence in the macroeconomic environment rose.
    Additionally, the Index is virtually the same as what was reported one
    year ago (53.9 in February 2012)

U.S. Workers More Upbeat About Economy, Job Market

  oThirty percent of employees believe the economy is getting stronger, up
    four percentage points from January
  oNearly a quarter of workers, 24 percent, believe there are more jobs
    available (compared to only 19 percent sharing this sentiment last month)

Fewer Workers Confident in the Future of their Companies

  oAlthough still a majority (56 percent), fewer workers expressed optimism
    in the future health of their companies (61 percent reported in January)

Nearly Four in Ten Workers Plan to Transition to a New Job in the Next Year

  oThirty-seven percent of workers surveyed say they are likely to look for
    new job over the next 12 months versus 33 percent in January

The Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index has measured workforce trends
across the country since 2004.

This February 2013 Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online within the
United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad between February
11-13, 2013 among a U.S. sample of 1,071 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.

About Randstad
Randstad is a $22.0 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
29,300 corporate employees and around 4,500 branches and inhouse locations in
39 countries around the world. Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Diemen,
the Netherlands, Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam.

Learn more at and access Randstad's panoramic US thought
leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360 site that offers valuable
insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of

About Harris Interactive
Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading market research firms,
leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant
insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for
pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary
solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and
reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and
communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of
industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy,
telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant,
and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of
multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing
our client's research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries
and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris
specializes in delivering research solutions that help us - and our
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