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Engineering Workers More Confident in Employers’ Future and Secure in Jobs

ATLANTA, March 11, 2014 – The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, dipped 1.9 points to 62.1 in September through December of 2013. Despite this slight decrease, the Index registered at the highest level among all industries surveyed by Randstad, including finance and accounting, IT, manufacturing and logistics, office and administration and healthcare. The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Engineering among 120 employed U.S. engineers (ages 18+), also found a strong level of confidence in workers’ outlook of their current employers, with 72 percent showing assurance in their companies’ future. Nearly nine-in-10 (86%) engineers also reported feeling secure in their positions. The survey was conducted in September, October, November and December of 2013.

“According to a recent U.S. News and World Report, engineering is expected to be the number one

in-demand job for 2014. The sentiments recorded by our Index in the last few months of the year reflect that demand and resulted in sustainable levels of confidence across the engineering sector,” said Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering. “We see 2014 being a particularly good year for quality, control and process engineers, with the energy industry offering promising careers to those with the right certifications.”

September through December 2013 Survey Highlights:

Engineers’ Confidence in Ability to Find New Jobs Remains Positive 
  • The majority (60%) of engineers feel confident in their ability to find a new job, falling only one percentage point from the third quarter of 2013.
Engineering Workers Confident in Job Security 
  • Eighty-six percent of engineers report they are not likely to lose their jobs over the next 12 months, a five percentage point increase from the third quarter of 2013.
Majority of Workers do Not Plan to Search for New Jobs 
  • Nearly two-thirds (61%) of engineers reported they are not likely to look for a new job within the next 12 months – the highest percentage across all sectors surveyed.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Engineering from September 9-11, October 8-10, November 6-8 and December 3-5, 2013, among 4,138 adults ages 18 and older, of which 120 are employed in engineering. 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 Randstad Engineering

Randstad Engineering has been matching our clients with the expert engineering and technical staff they need to help their companies succeed since 1988. With degreed engineers and expert technical recruiters on staff who understand the unique challenges of your industry, we work closely with you to realize your specific business goals by quickly connecting you with the expert professionals who will help you achieve them. Our extensive network of candidates—3 million engineers and other technical experts—means that no matter the skill, no matter the goal, we can quickly find the right person to get your job done. As experts powering business, we enable you not only to reach your immediate hiring goals but also to expand your business’ potential for long-term success.

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.

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