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Survey: Healthcare Workers Worry About Economy, Not About Employability
[August 17, 2012]

Survey: Healthcare Workers Worry About Economy, Not About Employability

Aug 17, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- The Randstad Healthcare Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. healthcare workers, declined 4.5 points to 53.9 in the second quarter of 2012, according to a recent online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Healthcare.

The Company noted the quarterly survey of 232 workers currently employed in the healthcare industry, which included physicians, healthcare administrators, as well as other healthcare professionals, reflects a sizeable increase in those who believe the economy is getting weaker. At the same time, that sentiment did not damper workers' personal confidence, as more stated that they believe more jobs are available and they are likely to look for one in the next 12 months.

"The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to uphold the healthcare reform legislation, formally called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), all but ensures the future growth of the healthcare industry," said Steve McMahan, executive vice president of Randstad US, Professionals. "Understandably, healthcare workers are concerned about the overall economy, but at the same time, this does not seem to be hampering their personal confidence in their own abilities and attractiveness to other potential employers. In fact, when it comes to their own employability, half of healthcare workers surveyed still remain confident that they could find alternative employment if they chose to. The combination of healthy monthly job gains, coupled with the recent Supreme Court decision, further solidifies an exciting and promising future for healthcare professionals. As this occurs, more and more facilities and organizations will likely turn to temporary, travel, contract and locum tenens workers to help satisfy their staffing needs." Randstad Healthcare, a healthcare staffing firm in the U.S., was formed in 2012 when two healthcare providers, Clinical One and Locum Medical Group, came together to form anall-inclusive healthcare staffing partner.

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