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The Randstad Manufacturing and Logistics Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among manufacturing and logistics workers, held steady in Q3 rising 0.3 points to 52.2.
The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive among 167 manufacturing and logistics employees. Data was collected July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, and thus does not reflect the attitudes of employees during the government shutdown. For more manufacturing and logistics insights, click here!
Given that the majority of respondents project bright futures for their employers, it is not surprising that the number of respondents who said they would actively look for a new job in the next twelve months dropped 14 percentage points from the second quarter (44% to 30%).
Hiring Up As Companies Brace For Busy Workload
“Manufacturing and logistics companies have an active and fluctuant business workload as we head into the fourth quarter that they need prepared staff to complete. As a result, they’re turning more and more toward staffing firms to fill the talent gap and meet the quality and quantity of people they need in order to be productive,” said Phyllis Finley, Executive Vice President at Randstad US. “Overall growth projections for this vital segment of the nation’s economy is reflected in the Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers Index, which reached 56.4 percent in October, a 0.2 percentage point increase from September's reading of 56.2.
Hiring Managers Looking For Workers With Varied Experience
“As we look towards the fourth quarter and 2014, some of the positions expected to drive the most growth are maintenance technicians, machine operators and warehouse supervisors,” Finley added. “We are also seeing more hiring managers becoming more particular when looking at requirements and minimum skill levels. Resumes that reflect a variety of experiences, such as machine operation along with computer skills, create greater interest with hiring managers.”
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