April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. healthcare workers, was 58.4 in the first quarter of 2012, according to a recent online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of
Randstad Healthcare. The newly launched survey of 4,341 U.S. adults, among which 252 are employed in the healthcare industry, indicates positive confidence levels (above 50), particularly when it comes to optimism in workers' ability to find new jobs and in the future of their current employers.
Q1, 2012 Survey Highlights:
Half of Workers Say Economy is Staying the Same
Nearly Half of Healthcare Workers Believe Fewer Jobs Are Available
- Forty-nine percent of healthcare workers believe the strength of the economy is staying the same; 24 percent say it is getting stronger; 27 percent indicate that the economy is weakening.
Majority of Workers Confident in their Employability
- Eighteen percent of survey respondents report that more jobs are available. At the same time, nearly half (47 percent) of healthcare workers believe there are fewer opportunities available.
Majority of Healthcare Workers Feel Confident in their Employers' Future
- When asked how optimistic they are in their ability to find employment, 58 percent of healthcare workers indicate that they are confident they could find a job.
Healthcare Workers Feel Secure in their Current Positions
- Sixty-six percent of healthcare workers feel confident in the financial health of their company.
Nearly One-Third of Healthcare Workers Likely to Job Search
- An overwhelming 80 percent of employees feel it is unlikely they will lose their job (versus only eight percent whom believe this is likely).
- Thirty-one percent of healthcare workers are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months.
"It is certainly no secret that healthcare is a bright spot in the economy. Driven by several market dynamics, including an aging population, healthcare reform, and the increased emphasis on quality and patient satisfaction, the industry will continue to grow as healthcare providers evolve to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry," said
, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. "In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment among healthcare occupations is expected to increase by 29 percent—resulting in a projected 3.5 million new jobs by 2020. Based on the increasing need for healthcare services, we believe the sense of personal confidence seen in our latest employment report will only increase as highly-skilled talent continues to drive their own careers within this high-growth trajectory field."
This survey was conducted online within
the United States
by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare from
March 13-15, 2012
, among 4,341 adults ages 18 and older of which 252 are employed in healthcare, which included physicians, healthcare administrators, as well as other healthcare professionals. 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 Healthcare
Randstad Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare staffing firms in the U.S., was formed in 2012 when two leading healthcare providers, Clinical One and Locum Medical Group, came together to form a market leading, all-inclusive healthcare staffing partner. Together, Randstad Healthcare has been matching healthcare professionals with career opportunities at America's top healthcare facilities for over 25 years. From large hospital systems to rural medical centers, physician groups, insurance companies, clinics, and Fortune 500 companies, Randstad Healthcare offers full-service staffing capabilities, including physicians, nurses, advanced practice, case management, allied health, and vendor managed services.