U.S. Workers Increasingly Worried about Pay, Perks & Prospects
Second monthly Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits Security Index finds older and
middle-to-high income workers to be especially troubled
NEW YORK, May 2, 2013
NEW YORK, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --American workers are increasingly
worried about their income and benefits security, as well as their
employability, with aggregated concerns regarding these issues showing a
slight increase since last month (from 56% in March to 57% in April). This
combined measure shows a strong and increasing concern, particularly among
older and higher income workers, while individual concerns show more dramatic
month-to-month shifts among all workers. These are among the findings of the
recently-introduced Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits Security Index, which
provides a score that is measured monthly to track the changing sentiment of
today's American workers.
The Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits 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 935 American workers was conducted between
April 15 and 17, 2013 by The Harris Poll (full findings and data tables
available here). Key findings include:
oMore U.S. workers (50% March - 53% April) expect to do more work without
getting more money in the next three months;
oMore U.S. workers (20% March - 24% April) expect to have their salary or
hours reduced in the next three months;
oLess U.S. workers (61% March - 55% April) believe that if they were going
to look for a new job, they would be able to find one;
oAnd, less U.S. workers believe they will get a raise from their employer
(35% March - 29% April) or receive better retirement benefits (18% March -
13% April) in the next three months.
Looking at the aggregated Jobs and Benefits Security Index measurement,
findings of particular note are that:
oU.S. workers with an annual household income of $50,000-$74,999 (58%
March-62% April) are both the most concerned income group, and the group
showing the sharpest month-over-month rise in concern. Those with incomes
of $75,000 or more also show notable growth in concerns (56% March-59%
oU.S. workers ages 55 and older (60% March-63% April) are, in an echo of
the trend above, the age group showing both the greatest overall concern
and the most prominent growth in this measure.
Harris Interactive President and Chief Executive Officer Al Angrisani, also
the former Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Reagan, asserts that
"The Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits Security Index points to a rise in worker
insecurity about their income, benefits and employability this past month.
Specifically, workers are more pessimistic about the likelihood of finding a
job if they need to look for one, as well as the likelihood of seeing a
"Escalation in the index also speaks to structural changes occurring in
today's workplace, with employers seeking growth in worker productivity, at
the expense of hiring a new full time employee with increasing tax and
benefits costs," continues Angrisani. "Recruiting and hiring talent and new
employees appears to have become a major investment consideration for
employers and this new phenomenon is contributing to an increase in job
'insecurity' within corporate America."
Attentive readers may notice that the study was fielded in the wake of the
tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon. As such, results may also reflect
anxieties that the attack could set off a ripple effect in the economy.
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This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between April
15 and 17 among 2,114 adults (aged 18 and over) of whom 935 are employed
full-time 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.
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The Harris Poll^® #24, May 2, 2013
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