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Randstad: employee sentiment holds up despite weaker outlook


Sentiment among workers in Poland dipped somewhat but remains fairly stable and comparatively optimistic despite deteriorating outlook for the economy and job creation, according to the new edition of the Randstad Work Monitor, an international quarterly survey by the global employment firm.

The study, carried out in October-November 2011, shows that 32% Poles felt they were at a high or moderate risk of job loss during the next six months, up three points compared with three months earlier but lower than in the first half of 2011. Even so, only four of the 18 European countries covered by the survey had a higher percentage.

At the same time, 72% of the respondents said they were confident of finding a new job within six months, down from 80% but still higher than a global average of 68%. Sixty-four per cent believed they would be able to find a "comparable" job, against a global average of 62%.

Meanwhile, the proportion of workers who switched jobs during the six preceding months rose to 19.2% from 17%, and was higher than a global average of 17.2%. Only Great Britain had a higher figure, 20.9%. This came after several quarters of declines. (But Poles are less likely than most to switch jobs due to a personal desire for change, and more likely to do so because of factors beyond their full control, e.g. restructuring, or dissatisfaction with employer. Quest for change accounted for 14% of reported job changes in Poland, compared with a global average of 29%.)

As a result, Poland’s score on Randstad’s Mobility Index, which reflects perceived likelihood that the respondent will be working for a different employer within the next six months, increased by four points to 109, higher than in any other country except France, which had an identical result.

The percentage of Poles actively looking for a new job inched up one point to 16%, higher than in any other country.

The survey is based on interviews with samples of minimally 400 respondents in each of the 30 participating countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. The respondents are aged 18-64 and working a minimum of 24 hours per week in a paid job (excluding the self-employed). The latest wave of the survey was conducted from 24 October to 14 November.

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