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Healthcare workers’ confidence increased in the fourth quarter, according to the Randstad Healthcare employee confidence index released today. The index rose to 57.5 in the fourth quarter, up 4.1 points from 53.4 in the third quarter. The survey found 29 percent believe the economy is growing stronger, up from 20 percent in the third-quarter survey.
Healthcare workers were more confident in their personal situations. Fifty-eight percent of healthcare workers said they could find another job, compared with 55 percent in the third quarter, and 22 percent of workers believed there are more jobs available, up from 13 percent in the third quarter of 2012. Also, 31 percent of healthcare workers say they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, up eight percentage points from 23 percent in the previous quarter.
“Given the latest findings of our Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, it appears much of the anxiety around the fiscal cliff concerns have all but dissipated as we enter 2013,” said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals.
“With the implementation of healthcare reform on the horizon, hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians are scrambling to prepare for imminent changes, including an influx of patients who may never have requested medical care, as well as the growing care needs of the 78 million baby boomers in the U.S.,” McMahan said.
The index is derived from a survey of 299 healthcare workers.