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Confidence Among Finance & Accounting Workers Remains Virtually Unchanged in Q3



 Confidence Among Finance & Accounting Workers Remains Virtually Unchanged in
                                      Q3

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2013

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Finance and accounting workers remained
optimistic in the third quarter of 2013, as The Mergis Group Finance and
Accounting Employee Confidence Index declined marginally by 0.8 points to
62.3. The Index, which measures overall confidence among finance and
accounting workers, continues to be one of the highest confidence levels among
all sectors tracked by Randstad, including IT, healthcare, manufacturing and
office and administration. Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and
September 9-11, 2013, and thus do not reflect the attitudes of employees
during the government shutdown.

Despite the high level of overall confidence, finance and accounting workers
showed lower levels of optimism in the strength of the economy, with nearly a
quarter of respondents (22%) saying they believe the economy is getting
weaker. Additionally, employees reported slightly lower confidence in the
future of their current employer. The study, conducted online by Harris
Interactive among 135 accounting and finance workers, also showed that
employees were less likely to switch jobs. Nearly a third (31%) responded that
they are likely to look for a new job in the next six months, and more than a
third (35%) indicated more jobs were available.

"Companies are actively seeking finance and accounting talent within various
industries. Looking into 2014, we see sector growth being driven by certain
positions, including financial analysts, staff accountants, business analysts
and internal auditors/public accountants," said Ursula Williams, EVP of
Randstad Finance & Accounting, Randstad Human Resources, Accountants
International and The Mergis Group–which will combine to form Randstad
Professionals on December 9th.

"Several key aspects of the Index also showed signs of growing confidence,
such as the availability of jobs and employees' ability to find new jobs.
Workers in the finance and accounting field also continue to report high
levels of job security, with 80 percent indicating it is not likely they will
lose their job in the next 12 months."

Q3 2013 Survey Highlights: 
Increasing Percentage of Finance and Accounting Workers Believe the Economy is
Getting Stronger

  o Forty percent of finance and accounting employees believe the economy is
    getting stronger, falling two percentage points from the second quarter of
    2013.
  o The number of finance and accounting workers who believe the economy is
    getting weaker rose six percentage points, from 16 percent in Q2 2013 to
    22 percent in Q3.

More Finance and Accounting Workers Believe More Jobs are Available

  o More than a third (35%) of finance and accounting employees believe more
    jobs are available, rising four percentage points from the previous
    quarter.  

Rising Confidence in Ability to Find New Jobs

  o Nearly half (49%) of finance and accounting workers are confident in their
    ability to find a new job, rising seven percentage points from the
    previous quarter.

Workers Ambivalent About Job Search

  o Nearly a third (31%) of finance and accounting workers say they are likely
    to look for a new job in the next 12 months, falling seven percentage
    points from the previous quarter.
  o A majority (59%) say they are not likely to job search, rising three
    percentage points from the previous quarter. 

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of The Mergis Group from July 9-11, August 5-7 and
September 9-11, 2013 among 3,163 adults 18 and older, of which 135 are
employed in finance and accounting. 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 The Mergis Group, soon to be Randstad Professionals
The Mergis Group, which will soon become Randstad Professionals, is a leading
professional placement firm that specializes in recruiting for positions in
finance and accounting, human resources, and sales and marketing. The firm
provides recruiting services to Fortune 500 and small and mid-sized companies
through its extensive network of offices across the nation. For more
information, please visit www.mergisgroup.com.

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 The Mergis Group

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