Confidence among healthcare workers took a slight dip in the first quarter of 2013, according to a new online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare.
The Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, a quarterly reading of 183 U.S. healthcare workers, found that employees are less confident about their ability to find a job and in the strength of the overall economy, yet a majority still believe they could find new jobs.
“Although our Index took a turn this quarter, we must not forget that not only did all other indices we track decline, but the Index remains above 50.0—indicating a positive confidence level,” said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. “Employment gains in the healthcare industry continued to appear in March, adding 23,000 jobs to the economy, primarily within ambulatory services and hospitals.
Fewer Healthcare Workers Believe More Jobs Are Available
In the first quarter of 2013, 21 percent of healthcare workers believe there are more jobs available, falling one percentage point from the fourth quarter of 2012. More than half of healthcare workers surveyed (52 percent) believe there are fewer job opportunities available, rising seven percentage points from to the previous quarter.
Healthcare Workers’ Confidence In the Economy Dropped in First Quarter
Just 22 percent of healthcare workers say the economy is getting stronger this quarter, a decrease of seven percentage points compared to Q4 2012. Forty-one percent of healthcare workers believe the economy is weakening, showing no change from the previous quarter.
Majority of Healthcare Workers Confident They Can Find a New Job
More than half of healthcare workers surveyed (54 percent) indicated they are confident they could find a job in the next 12 months. This reflects a decrease from 58 percent in the previous quarter.
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