Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index Declines Slightly in First Quarter

   Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index Declines Slightly in First
                                   Quarter

PR Newswire

BOSTON, May 2, 2013

BOSTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Randstad Healthcare Employee
Confidence Index reveals confidence levels among healthcare workers declined
by 3.0 points to 54.5 in the first quarter of 2013. U.S. healthcare workers
are less confident about their ability to find a job and in the strength of
the overall economy, yet a majority still believe they could find new jobs.
The online survey, conducted in January through March, 2013 by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare, surveyed 183 healthcare workers,
including physicians, healthcare administrators and other healthcare
professionals.

"Although our Index took a turn this quarter, we must not forget that not only
did all other indices we track decline, but the Index remains above
50.0—indicating a positive confidence level," said Steve McMahan, executive
vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. "Employment gains in the
healthcare industry continued to appear in March, adding 23,000 jobs to the
economy, primarily within ambulatory services and hospitals. Also, with the
enactment of many of the Affordable Care Act mandates around the corner, the
industry is projected to grow even faster. Specifically, the new healthcare
law will require the implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) that
meet "meaningful use" criteria or face huge penalties and missed Medicare and
Medicaid reimbursements starting in 2015. The implementation and training
needed to meet these new requirements is one major factor that will fuel job
growth in the industry in next year or two. Following that period, the need
for healthcare professionals will continue to be in full effect for years to
come as an aging baby boomer population will need regular and complex care.

"The demand for healthcare professionals remains high, placing pressure on
facilities to recruit and retain workers. Health systems are faced with high
physician turnover, which according to a survey by the American Medical Group
Association rose to 6.8 percent in 2012 from 6.5 percent in 2011. That
represents the highest rate since data was first collected in 2005 and exceeds
pre-recession levels. While we are seeing increased numbers of clinical
graduates than in recent years, experienced clinicians are difficult to find.
All in all, many trends taking place this year point to a very bright outlook
for this sector."

Q1, 2013 Survey Highlights:

Slight Decrease in Number of Healthcare Workers Who Believe More Jobs Are
Available

  oIn the first quarter of 2013, 21 percent of healthcare workers believe
    there are more jobs available, falling one percentage point from the
    fourth quarter of 2012. More than half of healthcare workers surveyed (52
    percent) believe there are fewer job opportunities available, rising seven
    percentage points from to the previous quarter.

Healthcare Workers Less Likely to Job Search in First Quarter

  oIn the next 12 months, 26 percent of healthcare workers say they are
    likely to look for a new job, representing a decrease of five percentage
    points from the previous quarter.

Majority of Healthcare Workers Confident They Can Find a New Job

  oMore than half of healthcare workers surveyed (54 percent) indicated they
    are confident they could find a job in the next 12 months. This reflects a
    decrease from 58 percent in the previous quarter.

Slight Decrease in Employer Confidence Among Healthcare Workers

  oNearly six in ten (58 percent) healthcare workers feel confident in the
    future of their company, declining slightly by four percentage points from
    the previous quarter.

Healthcare Workers' Confidence in the Economy Dropped in First Quarter

  oJust 22 percent of healthcare workers say the economy is getting stronger
    this quarter, a decrease of seven percentage points compared to Q4 2012.
    Forty-one percent of healthcare workers believe the economy is weakening,
    showing no change from the previous 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 January 14-16, February
11-13, and March 5-7, 2013, among 3,631 adults ages 18 and older, of which 183
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 $22.0 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 www.randstadstaffing.com 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 work.



SOURCE Randstad Healthcare

Website: http://www.randstadhealthcare.com
Contact: Marie Difrancesco, (212) 798-9835, marie.difrancesco@cohnwolfe.com;
or Lesly Cardec, (954) 308-6302, lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com
 
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