– The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, continued to rise in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a high of 64.0, according to a survey among 114 engineering employees conducted online by Harris Interactive. The figure was the highest of all industries examined by Randstad, including finance and accounting, IT, healthcare, office and administrative and manufacturing. 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.


“Given the current demand for talent and the skills shortage facing the engineering sector, it is no surprise that engineering professionals are feeling confident and secure with their jobs,” said Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering. ”We continue to see demand for specialized talent like quality engineers, controls engineers and process/manufacturing engineers, and we expect these areas to drive the most job growth in 2014. For engineering workers looking to advance or break into new fields, applicants should get as many industry certifications on their resumes to distinguish it from others.”


“Demand for engineering professionals is projected to significantly increase over the next decade, and because of this, the need for more women to enter the field is growing,” Zambacca continued. “Impending baby boomer retirements could mean the loss of nearly half of all scientists and engineers, making this gap in talent even more urgent. Today, according a report by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 13 percent of engineers are women.”

Q3 Survey Highlights:

Engineering Workers’ Confidence in the Economy Rises in the Third Quarter

Forty-three percent of engineering professionals believe the economy is getting stronger, rising three percentage points from the second quarter of 2013.


Engineers Cautious about Job Availability


Just over one out of every three (35%) engineers believe more jobs are available, showing no change from the previous quarter. However, forty-one percent of engineering workers believe fewer jobs are available this quarter, representing a sizeable change in outlook when compared to last quarter’s 30 percent.


Engineers’ Confidence in Ability to Find New Jobs Remains Positive


The majority (61%) of engineers feel confident in their ability to find a new job, falling just one percentage point from the second quarter of 2013.


Worker Sentiment about Job Security Remains Strong


Eighty-one percent of engineers report they are not likely to lose their jobs over the next 12 months, rising eight percentage points from the previous quarter.


Slightly Fewer Engineers Likely to Search for New Employment


Twenty-nine percent of engineers say they are likely to look for a new job within the next 12 months, a slight decrease of four percentage points from the second quarter of 2013.



Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Engineering from July 9-11, August 5-7 and September 9-11, 2013, among 3,163 adults ages 18 and older, of which 114 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


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