Randstad: U.S. Worker Confidence Level Weakens Amid Government Shutdown
NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2013
NEW YORK, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --American employees reported lower
levels of confidence in the state of the economy and job market in October,
with the Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index dipping 4.2 points to 51.5.
The data, which was collected between October 8-10, reflects the attitudes and
perceptions of employees during the government shutdown. The Randstad
Employment Tracker was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of
Randstad and included 1,032 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.
"Given the government shutdown and the fight over the debt ceiling, it comes
as no surprise that employee confidence is being affected," said Jim Link,
Chief HR Officer, North America, at Randstad. "However, what we did find
interesting was the increase in personal confidence, specifically in workers'
outlook on the future of their employer and in their ability to find new jobs.
This may be explained by the fact that, in spite of the furlough of 400,000
government employees, the vast majority of workers did not experience a direct
impact from the shutdown. With the jobs report likely being distorted over the
next few months, it may take some time to regain a sense of normalcy. Many
economists have noted other indices such as confidence levels, retail hiring,
data on the housing market and consumer spending, will likely carry even
greater weight to gauge the full effect of recent governmental activity."
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
Oct-13 51.5 34.8 68.3 37 71
Sep-13 55.7 44.7 66.7 36 76
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
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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 October 8-10, 2013
among a U.S. sample of 1,032 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,
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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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Contact: Lesly Cardec, Senior PR Director, Randstad, 800-422-3819,
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