Q3: Engineering Professionals Report High Confidence

  • jobs & the economy
  • October 28, 2014
The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, rebounded slightly to 61.7 in the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 1.9 points from 59.8 last quarter.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Engineering among 116 employed U.S. engineers (ages 18 and older), continues to indicate high confidence levels for engineers, relative to all other professions tracked, including finance and accounting, office and administrative, engineering and healthcare. 

Employment Report Highlights
  • The index also showed more engineers believe there are more jobs available this quarter, with nearly four-in-10 (38%) reporting a positive job outlook, a 17 percentage point increase from Q2.
  • In addition, more than half (56%) of engineers are confident in their ability to find a new job this quarter compared to 51 percent in the second quarter of 2014. 
  • Despite this, the index found only 32 percent of engineers say it is likely they will seek new employment in the next 12 months, representing no change over last quarter.
From the Desk of Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering

“The onus is on employers to bring something to the table in order to lure away the best engineering talent."
Our Engineering Confidence Index continues to illustrate why it’s good to be working in the engineering profession right now and for the foreseeable future.

The fact is, skilled engineers, particularly those in mid-career, are clearly in the driver’s seat when it comes to the employment market and the number of available jobs is steadily increasing. According to TechServe Alliance, on a year-over-year basis, engineering employment has grown by 1.5% since September 2013, adding 37,500 engineering workers.

It’s no surprise that compensation is becoming highly competitive for these workers, with six of the top 10 highest paid college degrees falling within the engineering field, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. An employers’ employment brand reputation is playing an increasing role in whether or not engineers will work for an organization. When presented with similar offers, a company’s culture, reputation and workplace practices will make the difference.

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 July 8-10, August 4-6 and September 9-11, 2014 among 3,144 adults ages 18 and older, of which 116 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. 

About Randstad Engineering
Randstad Engineering has been matching our clients with the expert engineering and technical staff they need to help their companies succeed since 1988. With degreed engineers and expert technical recruiters on staff who understand the unique challenges of your industry, we work closely with you to realize your specific business goals by quickly connecting you with the expert professionals who will help you achieve them. Our extensive network of candidates—3 million engineers and other technical experts—means that no matter the skill, no matter the goal, we can quickly find the right person to get your job done. As experts powering business, we enable you not only to reach your immediate hiring goals but also to expand your business’ potential for long-term success.

About Randstad US
Randstad US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22.0 billion global provider of HR services. As the third largest staffing organization in the U.S., Randstad holds top positions in permanent placement, office and administrative, IT and accounting and finance. From professional services, commercial staffing, recruitment process outsourcing, to managed services and more, Randstad delivers a comprehensive range of temporary, temporary-to-hire, permanent placement and outsourced placement services. With its 5,324 employment experts, Randstad puts an average of approximately 100,000 people to work in the U.S. each week, through its network of nearly 1,000 branches and client-dedicated locations.