Manufacturing and Logistics Workers Confident in Future of Employers

     Manufacturing and Logistics Workers Confident in Future of Employers

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2013

ATLANTA, Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Randstad Manufacturing and
Logistics Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among
manufacturing and logistics workers, held steady in Q3 rising 0.3 points to
52.2. Additionally, more than half (53%) of manufacturing and logistics
workers believe their current employer has a strong future, a six percent
increase from last quarter. The survey was conducted online by Harris
Interactive among 167 manufacturing and logistics employees. 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 that the majority of respondents project bright futures for their
employers, it is not surprising that the number of respondents who said they
would actively look for a new job in the next twelve months dropped 14
percentage points from the second quarter (44% to 30%).

"Manufacturing and logistics companies have an active and fluctuant business
workload as we head into the fourth quarter. As a result, they're turning more
and more toward staffing firms to fill the talent gap and meet the quality and
quantity of people they need to be productive," said Phyllis Finley, Executive
Vice President at Randstad US. "Overall growth projections for this vital
segment of the nation's economy is reflected in the Institute for Supply
Management's Purchasing Managers Index, which reached 56.4 percent in October,
a 0.2 percentage point increase from September's reading of 56.2.

"As we look towards the fourth quarter and 2014, some of the positions
expected to drive the most growth are maintenance technicians, machine
operators and warehouse supervisors," Finley added. "We are also seeing more
hiring managers becoming more particular when looking at requirements and
minimum skill levels. Resumes that reflect a variety of experiences, such as
machine operation along with computer skills, create greater interest with
hiring managers."

Q3 2013 Survey Highlights:

Fewer Manufacturing and Logistics Workers Believe the Economy is Improving

  oTwenty-six percent of manufacturing and logistics workers believe the
    economy is getting stronger, showing a slight decrease from the previous
    quarter's 29 percent.

Percentage of Workers Likely to Job Search in Third Quarter Falls

  oThree-in-10 (30%) of manufacturing and logistics workers say they are
    likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, falling 14 percentage
    points from the previous quarter.

Job Outlook Among Workers Less Bright

  oThe percentage of workers who believe more jobs are available fell seven
    percentage points, decreasing from 28 percent to 21 percent in the third

Job Confidence Among Workers Holds Steady

  oThe percentage of workers who are confident in their ability to find
    employment in Q3 held steady, showing no change from 44 percent in the
    second quarter.

Optimism in Future of Employers Improves

  oThe percentage of workers who are confident in the future of their
    employers rose to 53 percent, marking a six percentage point increase from
    the previous quarter's readings.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad from July 9-11, August 5-7 and September
9-11, 2013 among 3,163 adults 18 and older, of which 167 are employed in
manufacturing and logistics. 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

About Randstad Manufacturing & Logistics
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industry, we can access the right talent at the right time. We designed our
products, services and solutions with the specifications required to best
ensure that our clients receive qualified, dependable talent who they trust to
perform the job responsibly.

With our deep industry understanding, experience and commitment to ongoing
education, we have designed an unparalleled service model to deliver
reliability, responsibility and results. Our service and expertise in
attracting and assessing the right talent for the right job combine to create
partnerships that result in ongoing success.

About Randstad
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 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

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