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The Randstad Technologies Employee Confidence Index held steady in the fourth quarter at a reading of 60.4, its highest level since the survey began in 2005. The index measures workers’ confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism in the economic environment.
"Technology professionals have one of the highest levels of confidence among other industries surveyed, and rightfully so,” Bob Dickey, group president, technology and engineering. “With the increase in emerging technologies such as web and mobile application development, Big Data and SaaS, the job market for IT professionals who specialize in such areas remains very bright.”
Thirty-one percent of IT workers indicated being likely to look for a new job in the next year, down from 37 percent in the third quarter. Although fewer IT workers stated they are likely to look for a new job in the next year, 35 percent believe more jobs are available and 52 percent are positive in their ability to find them.
Nearly three-quarters, 71 percent, of IT workers reported it is not likely they will lose their job in the next 12 months.
The index is based on an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Technologies in October, November and December 2013. It included 166 respondents employed in IT.