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Germany — Men and the better educated more positive about the economy

20 November 2009

According to a recent survey carried out by Randstad Deutschland among 827 employees in different industry sectors who work a minimum of 24 hours per week, 77% of interviewees believe that the economic crisis will continue in the fourth quarter of 2009.

43%, however, believe that their company's revenues and the workload will stagnate rather than decrease. 34% believe that the economic crisis will get worse in Q4 2009. 14% believe that the crisis is over now and things are on the up.


Randstad Deutschland spokesperson, Petra Timm, said "when you compare the answers given by men and women you notice that women are far more pessimistic than their male counterparts. 40% of interviewed women believe that the crisis will get worse in Q4 2009 compared to only 29% of men."

Views on what the future will bring also depend largely on the level of education and professional qualification of interviewees. 43% of unqualified labourers believe that the crisis will get worse in Q4 2009 and that this will have a negative effect on their work situation compared to only 34% of people with a vocational qualification and 31% of graduates.

Timm comments "the lower the level of education and training the more negatively employees see their immediate future."

37% of men believe that the economy will improve in the first six months of 2010 compared to only 28% of women. Overall, 33% of employees believe this.

 

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