Healthcare Workers' Confidence in Economy and Ability to Find New Jobs Soars

 Healthcare Workers' Confidence in Economy and Ability to Find New Jobs Soars

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2013

BOSTON, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthcare employees are confident about
the economy, their job security and the future of their employers, according
to the Q3 Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index. In fact, the third
quarter survey recorded a confidence level of 59.2, the highest among
healthcare workers since Randstad began tracking this segment in Q1 2012. The
survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 170 healthcare
professionals. Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11,
2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during and since
the government shut down.

Large gains were seen in the perceived overall strength of the economy, with
35 percent of healthcare workers believing it is getting stronger, a nine
percent increase quarter-over-quarter. Confidence in the job market also
improved, with 62 percent of healthcare workers saying they are confident in
their ability to find a new job (up from 54% in Q2) and nearly one-quarter
(24%) believing there are more jobs available.

"Healthcare organizations continue to maneuver in the transforming healthcare
environment, with executive roles such as Chief Medical Officer and Chief
Nursing Officer particularly in high demand," said Steve McMahan, EVP of
Randstad US, Professionals and President of Randstad Healthcare. "Executive
roles are important because these employees bring their clinical expertise and
perspectives, and are instrumental in helping to develop and carry out
strategies to increase patient satisfaction surveys and reduce readmission
rates. Reimbursement will hinge upon these factors as we move away from the
fee-for-service model. Skills for these positions include clinical, management
and strong interpersonal skills.

"Given the demand and resulting competition for talent, employers will need to
work hard to attract top healthcare professionals by demonstrating the unique
attributes that make their facility a great place to work," McMahan continued.
"For U.S. hospitals and healthcare systems, the prevalence of job vacancies
and openings for qualified talent is an ongoing concern. Simply put, for
hospitals and health systems, profitability is more and more contingent upon a
skilled, engaged and satisfied workforce."

Q3 2013 Survey Highlights:

Percentage of Healthcare Workers Who Believe More Jobs Are Available Rises

  oIn the third quarter of 2013, 24 percent of healthcare workers believed
    there were more jobs available, rising four percentage points from Q2
    2013. Less than half of healthcare workers (44%) believe there are fewer
    job opportunities available, falling eight percentage points from the
    previous quarter.

Number of Healthcare Workers Likely to Job Search Shows Little Change in Q3

  oOver the next 12 months, 31 percent of healthcare workers say they are
    likely to look for a new job, rising just one percentage point from the
    previous quarter.

Number of Healthcare Workers Confident They Can Find a New Job Improves

  oA majority of healthcare workers (62%) indicated they are confident they
    could find a job in the next 12 months, rising eight percentage points
    from the previous quarter.

Employer Confidence Holds Steady Among Healthcare Workers

  oAbout six-in-10 (61%) healthcare workers feel confident in the future of
    their employer, showing no change from the previous quarter.

More Healthcare Workers Optimistic About Economic Strength

  oThe number of healthcare workers reporting that the economy is getting
    stronger rose nine percentage points to 35 percent. Thirty-seven percent
    of healthcare workers believe the economy is weakening, falling six
    percentage points from the previous quarter.

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris
Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare from July 9-11, August 5-7,
September 9-11, 2013 among 3,163 adults ages 18 and older, of which 170 are
employed in healthcare, which included physicians, healthcare administrators
and other healthcare professionals. 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 Healthcare
Randstad Healthcare is one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the
U.S. and offers market leading, all-inclusive healthcare staffing solutions.
Randstad Healthcare has been matching healthcare professionals with career
opportunities at America's top healthcare facilities for over 25 years. From
large hospital systems and rural medical centers, to physician groups,
insurance companies, clinics and Fortune 500 companies, Randstad Healthcare
offers full-service staffing capabilities, including physicians, nurses,
advanced practice, case management, allied health and vendor managed services.
For more information, please visit

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 Healthcare

Contact: Marie Difrancesco, (212) 798-9835,;
Lesly Cardec, (954) 308-6302,
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