News of job market confidence comes as employees report increased pessimism about their current employment situation. One in five (22 percent) employees are concerned they could be laid off in the next six months, up three percentage points since last quarter and a high since the second quarter of 2011. In addition, two in five (42 percent) employees (including those self-employed) also believe their company's business outlook will perform better in the next six months, down three percentage points since last quarter. Forty percent of employees also report that they expect a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months, which remains relatively flat since last quarter.
"In today's environment of greater workplace transparency -- combined with employees growing sense of confidence about the state of the job market -- job seekers will be looking for companies that communicate clearly about the future of the business, the path for career advancement, and who addresses their benefit needs," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert, who ran global HR departments at Electronic Arts and PepsiCo before co-authoring Talent Force: A New Manifesto for the Human Side of Business. "We are living in a new normal in this post-recession era in which employees and job seekers no longer hope to get better information about career opportunities, they rightfully expect it to be available."
SURVEY SUPPLEMENT &IMAGES AVAILABLE: For more details including breakouts of survey results by age, gender and income level, please see the full Q2 2013 Glassdoor Confidence Survey Supplement: http://www.glassdoor.com/press/surveys. Graphics highlighting quarter-by-quarter survey results are also available. To request the survey supplement, images and/or complete survey methodology, please contact pr [at] Glassdoor [dot] com.
(1)For the purposes of this study "employees" were defined as U.S. adults 18+ employed full time and/or part time unless otherwise indicated.
(2)This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from June18-20, 2013 among 2,084 adults ages 18 and older, of whom 1,052 are employed full time and/or part time (1,192 when also including those who are self-employed). 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 Samantha Zupan or Scott Dobroski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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