Confidence Continues to Rise Among Office, Administrative Staff

Atlanta — Nov. 19

The Randstad Office and Administration Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among the sector’s employees in the U.S., continued to rise in the third quarter, increasing almost two points to 55.9.

In the third quarter report, more office and administrative workers said the economy is improving, rising five percentage points to 34 percent from the second quarter of 2013. In addition, 65 percent of respondents expressed they were confident about the future health of their current employers, rising three percentage points from the previous quarter.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 362 office and administrative employees. Data was collected in July, August and September.

Survey highlights:

More than a third (34 percent) of office and administrative workers said the economy is getting stronger, rising five percentage points from the previous quarter’s reading.

More than 1 in 5 office and administrative workers said there are more jobs available, falling just one percentage point from the second quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, more than 4 in 10 workers said there are fewer jobs available, falling three percentage points from the previous quarter’s readings.

When asked how optimistic they are in their ability to find employment, 40 percent of administrative workers indicate that they are confident they could find a job, rising one percentage point from the second quarter of 2013.

A majority of administrative workers (65 percent) said they are confident in the future of their current employer, rising three percentage points from the previous quarter.

Dropping three percentage points from the previous quarter, 28 percent of administrative workers said they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months. Meanwhile, 57 percent said they are not likely to look for a job, a rise of two percentage points from the previous quarter.

Source: Randstad