Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index Indicates Improved Outlook on
Employers, Personal Prospects and Economy at Large
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2013
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Confidence levels among the American
workforce continue to show strength, according to the August Randstad Employee
Confidence Index. The report shows increased optimism among workers about both
the economy and their job security with the U.S. Employee Confidence Index
rising 1.7 points to 58.0 in August. This 2013 Randstad Employment Tracker was
conducted by Harris Interactive between August 5-7, 2013 among a U.S. sample
of 1,073 employed adults, aged 18 years and older.
Given the widespread optimism about the job market, job security and
workforce, it comes as no surprise that fewer employees are likely to look for
a new job than in July (down four percentage points to 32%). The study also
showed that three-in-five (61%) respondents are confident in the future of
their current employer.
"The August numbers were notably strong and continue the positive trend we
have seen over the past few months, starting in April when confidence figures
reached pre-recession highs," said Jim Link, managing director, Randstad U.S.
"This is significant as we seldom see a scenario where nearly all indices
indicate an improved outlook."
Added Link, "It is also important to note that although fewer workers
expressed interest in job searching, this does not exclude the possibility of
top talent passively searching for other opportunities or being recruited to
other organizations. It is widely known that many industries are experiencing
critical shortages in skilled talent. This is a very real problem, and in
fact, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported in a recent
survey that two-thirds of organizations are having a hard time recruiting for
specific job openings. Skilled employees are definitely in the driver's seat
and we would expect this trend to continue despite what micro and macro events
happen around us."
Randstad, the second largest staffing and HR services firm in the world, has
been tracking workforce trends and publishing the U.S. Employee Confidence
Index since 2004.
Employee Macro Personal Transition Security
MONTH Confidence Confidence Confidence Index Index
Aug-13 58 47.3 68.7 32 74
Jul-13 56.3 44.3 68.3 36 72
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 U.S., 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 2013 Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online within the United
States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad between August 5-7, 2013
among a U.S. sample of 1,073 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.
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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.
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