Is Worker Confidence Making a Comeback?

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By Robert Half June 15, 2017 at 8:18pm

Is Worker Confidence Making a Comeback?

It depends on where you look. Robert Half’s Confidence Matters survey shows how worker confidence levels have changed — or remained steady — since 2015.

Percentage of workers who are:

Confident about their job prospects

63% 2017
50% 2016
65% 2015

Confident about the stability of their employer

79% 2017
80% 2016
80% 2015

Thinking they deserve a raise

90% 2017
87% 2016
89% 2015

Planning to ask for a raise this year

44% 2017
37% 2016
54% 2015

Money talks … but fewer people want to talk about money now versus 2015.

Workers who say they feel confident in the following situations

2015 2016 2017
Performance review 83% 81% 83%
Job interview 73% 67% 70%
Public speaking 66% 56% 57%
Negotiating salary at new job 61% 50% 54%
Asking for a raise 56% 46% 49%

32 percent of workers have never checked their salary against the “going rate” for jobs like theirs – compared to 41 percent in 2016.

Of those who plan to ask for a raise, 24 percent say they need to make more money to cover basic needs – up 2 percent since 2016.

36 percent of workers would rather clean the house than ask for a raise. 14 percent would rather look for a new job – up 4 points from 2016.

What if you asked for a raise and didn’t get it? 23 percent would look for a new job – up 4 percent from 2016.

For salary data on more than 750 professional roles, visit roberthalf.com/salary-guides

Survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults working full-time in professional environments.

© 2017 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans.

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