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The Randstad administrative and clerical worker employee confidence index rose 3.8 points to a reading of 51.6 in the fourth quarter of 2012, its highest point since the third quarter of 2007.
“As the job market for administrative and clerical workers continues to improve, we see a corresponding optimism among workers in how they view the economy, available jobs and their willingness to job search,” said Phyllis Finley, executive vice president at Randstad US.
Twenty-one percent of administrative and clerical workers believe there are more jobs available, up from 16 percent in the third quarter. The percentage of administrative and clerical workers who are confident in their ability to find a new job increased to 36 percent from 33 percent in the previous quarter.
Thirty-four percent of administrative workers are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, compared to 30 percent in the third quarter of 2012.
The index is based on an online survey of 502 U.S. office and administrative workers conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad in October, November and December of 2012.