Employee Confidence Dips 2 points in May, Following Post-Recession Peak in April

  Employee Confidence Dips 2 points in May, Following Post-Recession Peak in

Attitude toward American employers and macro economy slides, while outlook on
personal prospects holds steady

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013

NEW YORK, June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --After reaching its highest number in
April since before the 2008 recession, the Randstad Employee Confidence Index
decreased 2.2 points in May to 54.8. The Employee Confidence Index tracks
several measures of employee confidence, including micro- and macro-economic
measures. This online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of
Randstad in May of 2013, included 1,069 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and

The research from Randstad, the second largest staffing firm in the world,
also revealed that the Macro Confidence Index (a measure of confidence in the
strength of the economy and the number of jobs available) decreased from April
to 42.6 (down 4.2 points). The decrease in positive sentiment was consistent
across age groups, income brackets and geographic locations. However, while
employee confidence decreased in areas such as the economy, employees still
show signs of optimism in their ability to get a job (48% in May responded
they were confident versus 44% in April).

"While the Employee Confidence Index dipped slightly this month, there are
still several positive signs in the workplace. Employers continue to add
positions at steady rates and our research shows employees are fairly
optimistic about their ability to find new jobs," said Jim Link, Managing
Director at Randstad U.S. "Also, temporary help services gained momentum in
April with a gain of 30,800 jobs—the largest monthly increase in more than a
year. That said, there is no doubt some sectors are healthier than others,
with tremendous prospects available to those looking for positions,
particularly in IT, healthcare and engineering to name a few. All eyes are
certainly on Friday's jobs report."

Index Figures for 2013
       Employee   Macro      Personal   Transition Security
MONTH  Confidence Confidence Confidence Index      Index
May-13 54.8       42.6       67.1       37         69
Apr-13 57         46.8       67.2       35         69
Mar-13 53.9       40.1       67.8       33         73
Feb-13 53.5       42.9       64.1       37         72
Jan-13 52.1       38.3       65.8       33         72
Dec-12 55.4       42.7       68.2       34         72

As a global sourcing company that puts an average of nearly 100,000 people to
work in the U.S. each week, Randstad has extensive knowledge and insight into
workforce trends and issues. The Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index has
been produced since 2004 and delves into the research and analysis of
workforce trends.

About Randstad
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.0
billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing
organization in the US, Randstad holds top positions in permanent placement,
office and administrative, IT and accounting and finance. From professional
services, commercial staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, to managed
services and more, Randstad delivers a comprehensive range of temporary,
temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. With
its 5,660 employment experts, Randstad puts an average of nearly 100,000
people to work in the U.S. each week, through its network of more than 900
branches and client-dedicated locations.

Learn more at www.randstad.com and access Randstad's panoramic US thought
leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360site that offers valuable
insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of

This May 2013 Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online within the
United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad between May 7-9,
2013 among a U.S. sample of 1,069 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 Harris Interactive
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insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for
pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary
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SOURCE Randstad

Website: http://www.randstad.com
Contact: Lesly Cardec, Senior PR Director, Randstad, 800-422-3819;
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