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Office and Administrative Worker Confidence Slips in First Quarter

  • Employee Confidence
  • Job Availability
  • Economy

Confidence among office and administrative workers edged down in the first quarter of 2013, decreasing three-tenths of a point to 51.3, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad. For this quarter’s study, 433 U.S. workers employed in the office and administrative sector were surveyed in January, February and March of 2013. 

“The industry for administrative and clerical workers reveals slightly lower confidence levels than it did compared to 2012, but this reading could reflect overall economic uncertainty around sequestration, federal spending cuts, rising gas prices and payroll taxes, as well as never-ending budget talks on Capitol Hill,” said Phyllis Finley, Executive Vice President at Randstad US.

Highlights: More Administrative Workers Believe the Economy is Getting Stronger, Yet Job Confidence Slips 

More than a quarter (26 percent) of administrative and clerical workers believe the economy is getting stronger, rising two percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2012. Meanwhile, just 18 percent of administrative and clerical workers believe there are more jobs available, a decline of three percentage points from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Sign of the Times: Workers Confident in Ability to Find Jobs and in the Future State of Employers. 

When asked how optimistic they are in their ability to find employment, 35 percent of administrative workers indicate that they are confident they could find a job, dropping one percentage point from the fourth quarter of 2012. Also, six-in-ten administrative workers (60 percent) feel confident in the future of their current employer, showing no change from the previous quarter.

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