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Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index rises

Posted on December 3rd, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

Randstad's U.S. Employee Confidence Index, based on a survey of 977 employed adults, rose three points for November to 54.5. 

In October, the index had fallen, likely as a result of the government shutdown. The number of workers who believed the economy was improving rose by eight percent in November, and levels of confidence in the economy and job market also rose, according to Randstad.

"The government shutdown had a minimal impact on the job market," Jim Link, chief human resources officer of Randstad North America, said in a release. "Despite the recent macroeconomic events, we remain encouraged by high levels of worker confidence when it comes to their outlook on the strength of the economy and availability of jobs."

This news comes on the heels of research and opinion pieces about the high rate of penetration of temporary workers into the general labor force, which some commentators fear might lower rates of employee engagement and satisfaction. The comparatively high level of employee confidence currently evidenced by Randstad's U.S. index raises questions about whether that is in fact the case. Indeed, many of the available jobs that employees cite are for temporary or contract workers.

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