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The Randstad engineering employee confidence index for the U.S. rose to a reading of 61.9 in the second quarter of 2013, up from 54.9 in the first quarter. The index, which measures workers’ confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism in the economic environment, has reached higher than 60 only twice since 2008.
Significantly more engineering professionals — 40 percent in the second quarter compared with 26 percent in the first quarter — believe the economy is getting stronger. And the number of engineers who believe more jobs are available rose to 35 percent in the second quarter from 21 percent in the first quarter. Additionally, 62 percent of engineers feel confident in their ability to find a new job, up from 51 percent in the first quarter.
“Overall, the engineering job market is becoming increasingly competitive as more demand materializes among the available candidates,” said Randstad Engineering President Richard Zambacca. “In fact, in our own business, we are witnessing many candidates receiving multiple job offers.”
The report is based on an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive, on behalf of Randstad, that included 119 adults employed in engineering.