Americans Report Highest Level of Job Security in 5 Years

          Americans Report Highest Level of Job Security in 5 Years

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --U.S. workers are reporting the highest
level of job security seen since October 2008, according to the September
Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index. Despite a slight drop – down 2.3
points to 55.7 in September – in overall employee confidence (which includes
their outlook on the economy and their employers), the steady improvement in
sentiment around job security was marked by more than three-quarters (76%) of
respondents feeling unlikely to lose their current job. The Randstad
Employment Tracker was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad
in September, and included 1,025 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

Although employees display stronger feelings of job security, more than a
third are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months (36%). The study
also showed that nearly three-fifths (59%) of respondents are confident in the
future of their current employer. 

"In step with the national employment situation, our Index has reflected a
year of mixed sentiment and fluctuating levels of confidence among workers,"
said Jim Link, Chief HR Officer, North America, at Randstad. "However, the
increased level of job security among employees coincides with other positive
signs we are seeing in the overall market, such as the rise in the Index of
Leading Economic Indicators, which indicates a slowly mending economy, a
rebound in new U.S. home sales and an increase in durable-goods orders.
Additionally, the number of people likely to look for a new job rose from last
month and has consistently remained in the mid-to-high 30s despite the ebbs
and flows of the economy. These are all signs of a fairly confident

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 Confidence Index
      Employee   Macro      Personal   Transition Security

MONTH  Confidence Confidence Confidence Index      Index
Sep-13 55.7   v   44.7   v   66.7   v   36    ^    76   ^
Aug-13 58     ^   47.3   ^   68.7   ^   32    v    74   ^
Jul-13 56.3   v   44.3   v   68.3   ^   36    <>   72   <>
Jun-13 56.8   ^   46.5   ^   67.1   <>  36    ^    72   ^
May-13 54.8   v   42.6   v   67.1   v   37    ^    69   <>
Apr-13 57     ^   46.8   ^   67.2   v   35    ^    69   v
Mar-13 53.9   ^   40.1   v   67.8   ^   33    v    73   ^
Feb-13 53.5   ^   42.9   ^   64.1   v   37    ^    72   <>
Jan-13 52.1   v   38.3   v   65.8   v   33    v    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 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 September 9-11,
2013 among a U.S. sample of 1,025 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
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
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