Engineering Professionals Remain Confident in Q2

  • jobs & the economy
  • August 07, 2014
The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, fell below 60.0 for the first time since the second quarter of 2013, declining from 63.6 to 59.8 this quarter.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Engineering among 114 employed U.S. engineers (ages 18 and older), showed declines in nearly all measures of the index; however, confidence levels remain high when compared to those other industries surveyed. The index also remained well above 50, which indicates a positive reading. 

Employment Report Highlights
  • The index indicated a loss of confidence in engineers’ own personal job security, dropping from 84 percent last quarter to 72 percent in Q2
  • The Personal Confidence Index for engineering workers dropped more than five percentage points from 77.8 last quarter to 72.6 this quarter
  • More than four-in-10 (42%) engineers said they were neutral about the availability of jobs, and more than one-third (34%) said they are neutral when it comes to their ability to find a new job.
Workplace Trends
While “upskilling,” or expanding on one’s core skill set, is one way engineers are ensuring career longevity, many are also turning to non-traditional employment, like contingent or part-time work, to not only acquire new skills but also because the demand is high for these job opportunities. In fact, according to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the 200 largest companies, temporary workers represented, on average, 22 percent of their workforce, and that percentage is only growing. As more employers rely on contract or project-based engineers to complete critical work and special business objectives, the market for top engineering talent will further tighten.

From the Desk of Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering

“Our findings support a general move towards engineers being more selective when considering other job opportunities."

Although we saw declines across most of the confidence index measures, it is important to point out that engineers still maintain the highest overall confidence level across all professions surveyed. 

There’s a trend among engineers to seek out opportunities or maximize on positions that will allow for the development of new skills, drive career advancement, give them opportunities to cross train and lend to overall self-improvement.

A Closer Look at the Findings: 

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Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Engineering from April 7-9, May 8-12 and June 4-6, 2014 among 3,352 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

About Randstad Engineering
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