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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 30, 2007 — The IT Employee Confidence Index was relatively unchanged, with a decrease of 0.7 points to 57.3 in the second quarter of 2007, according to the latest Spherion IT Employment Report, conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Spherion Corporation (NYSE: SFN). Confidence levels among IT workers continued its slip this quarter as with the last quarter, due to fewer workers believing in the strength of the economy and their ability to find a job.
Results from the IT Employment Report:
- Thirty-eight percent of information technology workers are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, up four percentage points from the previous quarter.
- Fifty-five percent of surveyed workers are confident in their ability to find a new job, decreasing one percentage point from the first quarter of 2007.
- Thirty-eight percent of workers believe the economy is getting weaker, increasing two percentage points from the first quarter of 2007.
“The demand for IT workers in the U.S. remains healthy, which may help explain why so many technology workers report that they are likely to look for new jobs,” said Brendan Courtney, senior vice president of Spherion® Professional Services Group. “The continued confidence among these workers can also be attributed to how “niche” IT jobs are taking on more importance in 2007 and redefining technology’s role in business. The growing influence of the IT industry has made certain skills in social networking, IT security and applications development a necessity for businesses to remain competitive.”
|2Q 2007 Employment Report Results: IT|
|IT Workers||U.S. Workers|
|1 Q 2007||2 Q 2007||% Point Change||1 Q 2007||2 Q 2007||% Point Change|
|Job Availability||More Jobs||29%||30%||+1||26%||26%||0|
|Ability to Find New Job||Confident||56%||55%||-1||59%||58%||-1|
|Future of Current Employer||Confident||62%||63%||+1||68%||67%||-1|
|Likelihood to Lose Job||Likely||15%||16%||+1||11%||11%||0|
|Likelihood to Look for New Job||Likely||34%||38%||+4||36%||36%||0|
About the Spherion Employment Report
Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN) is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for more than 60 years, Spherion has screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time jobs. Positions range from administrative and light industrial to a host of professions that include accounting/finance, information technology, engineering, manufacturing, legal, human resources and sales/marketing.
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