U.S. Worker Confidence Ends 2013 on a High-Note

               U.S. Worker Confidence Ends 2013 on a High-Note

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2014

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In tandem with broader economic
indicators, the Randstad US Employee Confidence Index, which tracks U.S.
workers' perspectives around jobs and the economy each month, rose 0.7 points
to 55.2 in December 2013. The Randstad Employment Tracker was conducted online
by Harris Interactive between December 3 and 5 on behalf of Randstad and
included 1,104 employed U.S. adults ages 18 and older.

The Randstad Employee Confidence Index findings aligned with The Conference
Board's December consumer confidence index -- which climbed to 78.1 from 72 in
November. Similarly, both reports show greater optimism in the labor market,
economy and job availability.

"Despite the dip during the government shutdown, 2013 has proven to be very
positive regarding confidence expressed by U.S. employees and overall job
creation in the final few months of the year," said Jim Link, Chief HR
Officer, Randstad North America. "For the second year in a row, the Randstad
US Employee Confidence Index has consistently registered over 50 points -- our
official indicator signifying an overall positive sentiment. As we head into
2014, we predict continued job growth as forecasts remain positive in several
key sectors, including energy, healthcare, technology and manufacturing."

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
Dec-13 55.2       43.7           66.7   36         70
Nov-13 54.5       41.2           67.8   34         69
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
leadership knowledge center through its Workforce360site that offers valuable
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 December 3-5, 2013
among a U.S. sample of 1,104 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,
are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to
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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SOURCE Randstad

Website: http://www.randstad.com
Contact: Lesly Cardec, Senior PR Director, Randstad, 800-422-3819,
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