Workers Show Confidence in Economy, their Employers

             Workers Show Confidence in Economy, their Employers

Randstad Employee Confidence Index rebounds to pre-recession highs

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, July 3, 2013

NEW YORK, July 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- America's workforce is reporting some
of the highest levels of confidence seen since the recession, according to the
Randstad Employee Confidence Index released today. Measuring employee's
attitude toward the economy, their employers, and even their ability to find a
new job, the Randstad Index rose to 56.8 points in June, indicating a
2.0-point uptick in overall confidence among U.S. workers since May. This
online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad in June
of 2013, included 1,351 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Randstad, the second largest staffing and HR services firm in the world, puts
an average of nearly 100,000 people to work in the U.S. each week and has been
tracking workforce trends and publishing the U.S. Employee Confidence Index
since 2004.

"Our Index figures align with the June Consumer Confidence Index, which saw
the most promising signs in five years," said Jim Link, managing director,
Randstad U.S. "Our Index also found over a third of employees are likely to
seek a new job in the next 12 months – a sign that the economy has better
opportunities available in the eyes of job seekers. The recent strengthening
of both the stock market and residential property values are two factors that
may help build confidence of the American labor market in months to come."

Added Link, "We are also seeing a continued skill shortage in sectors such as
engineering, which has tipped the scale to a candidates' market. As a result,
candidates are receiving multiple job offers and companies are trying to find
measures to speed up the recruiting process to avoid losing out on top
talent."

Year-to-Date
       Employee   Macro      Personal   Transition Security
MONTH  Confidence Confidence Confidence Index      Index
Jun-13 56.8       46.5       67.1       36         72
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

About Randstad US
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 Workforce360 site that offers valuable
insight into the latest economic indicators and HR trends shaping the world of
work.

Methodology
This 2013 Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad between June 4-6, 2013
among a U.S. sample of 1,351 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
ideal.

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
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
clients—stay ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit
www.harrisinteractive.com.

SOURCE Randstad

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