Majority of American Workers are Worried About Job and Benefits Security
New Harris Poll Job Security Index measures the key indicators impacting job
NEW YORK, April 4, 2013
NEW YORK, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The gradually falling unemployment
rate is not yet providing American workers with a sense of security about
their current employment status. In fact, the majority (56%) of employees are
worried about job and benefits security as they watch the inner working of
their employers' daily decisions about these critical issues. These are among
the findings of the new Harris Poll Job Security Index which forms a baseline
score that will be measured monthly to track the changing sentiment of today's
American workers. Full findings and data tables are available here.
The new Harris Poll Job Security Index offers an internal view into today's
American workplace by reporting on the job/benefits security pulse of the
worker. The online survey of 1,014 American workers conducted between March 19
and 21, 2013 by The Harris Poll, found that:
oMore than three in four (77%) workers believe their benefits will be
reduced, especially health benefits.
oMore than three in five (64%) believe their salaries will not increase.
oHalf (50%) believe they will be asked to do more work for the same pay.
This month's data also shows 14% of employees worry that they will lose their
job in the next three months, and one in five (20%) say it is likely they will
have their salary or hours reduced. In addition, 32% of American workers say
that if they were going to look for a new job in the next three months, they
would not be likely to find one.
According to Al Angrisani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris
Interactive and former Assistant Secretary of Labor for President Reagan, the
reason the Harris Poll Job Security Index is an important new metric is that
it offers insight into the culture and current state of job creation in the
American workplace that might not otherwise be measured.
"Employers have all the leverage in today's job marketplace and will continue
to push productivity gains and the elimination of jobs or replacement by lower
paying jobs until the supply and demand for labor changes," commented
Angrisani. "The Harris Poll Job Security Index is a way to measure where the
leverage in the job market is today. Until there is more employee leverage in
the system, it is unlikely that you will see meaningful job creation,"
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This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between March
19 and 21 among 2,076 adults (aged 18 and over) of whom 1,014 are employed
fulltime or part-time. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region
and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line
with their actual proportions in the population. 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 adult population. Because the sample is based
on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no
estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.
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The Harris Poll^® #19, April 4, 2013
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