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Today's employees stay aboard

A rekindling of the economy may not be enough to sway some American workers to jump back into the employment market, according to a recent survey. Sixty-five per cent of the participants polled indicated that they were not likely to change jobs in the next six months even if conditions improve.

Accountemps, the world's first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals, developed the survey. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 630 randomly selected participants living in the United States, who are over 18 and are full or part time employed.

Survey participants were asked, "If the economy improved, how likely would you be to make a job change in the next six months?" Their responses:

Very likely 20%
Somewhat likely 14%
Somewhat unlikely 13%
Very unlikely 52%
Don't know 1%

"Job hopping was common in the late 1990s when unemployment was at record lows," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Motivating Employees For Dummies (Hungry Minds, Inc.). "But an enduring recession marked by frequent layoffs has prompted workers to be more cautious."

-- CNW

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