Engineering Workers Upbeat About Jobs and the Economy

            Engineering Workers Upbeat About Jobs and the Economy

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2013

ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Randstad Engineering Employee
Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers,
continued to rise in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a high of 64.0,
according to a survey among 114 engineering employees conducted online by
Harris Interactive. The figure was the highest of all industries examined by
Randstad, including finance and accounting, IT, healthcare, office and
administrative and manufacturing. Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and
September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees
during the government shutdown.

"Given the current demand for talent and the skills shortage facing the
engineering sector, it is no surprise that engineering professionals are
feeling confident and secure with their jobs," said Richard Zambacca,
President of Randstad Engineering. "We continue to see demand for specialized
talent like quality engineers, controls engineers and process/manufacturing
engineers, and we expect these areas to drive the most job growth in 2014. For
engineering workers looking to advance or break into new fields, industry
certifications are a great way to distinguish yourself from others.

"Demand for engineering professionals is projected to significantly increase
over the next decade, and because of this, the need for more women to enter
the field is growing," Zambacca continued. "Impending baby boomer retirements
could mean the loss of nearly half of all scientists and engineers, making the
need for talent even more urgent. Today, according to a report by the U.S.
Census Bureau, only 13 percent of engineers are women."

Q3 Survey Highlights:

Engineering Workers' Confidence in the Economy Rises in the Third Quarter

Forty-three percent of engineering professionals believe the economy is
getting stronger, rising three percentage points from the second quarter of
2013.

Engineers Cautious About Job Availability

Just over one out of every three (35%) engineers believe more jobs are
available, showing no change from the previous quarter. However, 41 percent of
engineering workers believe fewer jobs are available this quarter,
representing a sizeable change in outlook when compared to last quarter's 30
percent.

Engineers' Confidence in Ability to Find New Jobs Remains Positive

The majority (61%) of engineers feel confident in their ability to find a new
job, falling just one percentage point from the second quarter of 2013.

Worker Sentiment about Job Security Remains Strong

Eighty-one percent of engineers report they are not likely to lose their jobs
over the next 12 months, rising eight percentage points from the previous
quarter.

Slightly Fewer Engineers Likely to Search for New Employment

Twenty-nine percent of engineers say they are likely to look for a new job
within the next 12 months, a slight decrease of four percentage points from
the second quarter of 2013.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Engineering from July 9-11, August 5-7 and
September 9-11, 2013, among 3,163 adults ages 18 and older, of which 114 are
employed in engineering. This online survey is not based on a probability
sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be
calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables,
please contact Lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com

About Randstad Engineering
Randstad Engineering has been matching our clients with the expert engineering
and technical staff they need to help their companies succeed since 1988. With
degreed engineers and expert technical recruiters on staff who understand the
unique challenges of your industry, we work closely with you to realize your
specific business goals by quickly connecting you with the expert
professionals who will help you achieve them. Our extensive network of
candidates—3 million engineers and other technical experts—means that no
matter the skill, no matter the goal, we can quickly find the right person to
get your job done. As experts powering business, we enable you not only to
reach your immediate hiring goals but also to expand your business' potential
for long-term success.

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 U.S. 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.

SOURCE Randstad Engineering

Website: http://www.randstad.com
Contact: Marie Difrancesco, (212) 798-9835, marie.difrancesco@cohnwolfe.com;
Lesly Cardec, (954) 308-6302, lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com