Employment Report: Employment Outlook Brightens For Women Workers

  • women powering business
  • November 13, 2012
  • confidence

Women are feeling more positive as overall job growth steadily improved in the month of October.

Randstad’s monthly Employee Confidence Index, which measures employees’ optimism in the macroeconomic environment and in their own personal employment situation, showed women workers feeling increasingly confident in the strength of the economy and job availability.

According to a recent study released by the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, women’s job growth has accelerated in the past year, and women have regained almost as large a share of their lost jobs, fueled in part by growth in health services and education sectors. The study also stated that according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, since January 2012, 45 percent of new jobs created this year went to women.

Here’s a closer look at how women responded in Randstad’s Employee Confidence Index study:

The Economy Is Getting Stronger, According to Women Surveyed

  • Twenty-nine percent of women workers believe the economy is getting better, up 5 percentage points from the previous month. Meanwhile the percentage of female workers who believe the economy is getting weaker shrunk considerably to 34 percent, down from 43 percent in September’s reading

Confidence in Job Availability Is Slowly Improving

  • The number of women workers who believe there are more jobs available rose to 21 percent, compared to 18 percent the previous month. In contrast, 48 percent of women believe there are fewer jobs available, a decrease of six percentage points from the previous month

Women Remain Confident In Their Ability to Find a New Job, as Well As The Future of Their Employers

  • The percentage of women who felt confident in their ability to find a new job remained the same at 39 percent month-over-month. Also, 60 percent of women remained confident in the future of their employers—showing no change from the previous month

About Half of Women Surveyed Said they were Not Likely to Transition to New Jobs, But Feel Secure in Their Current Jobs

  • Just over half of women surveyed (53 percent) said they were not likely to transition to a new job, down three percentage points from the previous month. However, a majority of women, 73 percent, indicated a strong sense of job security and are not concerned about being laid off (compared to 72 percent the previous month)

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