Zurich/Geneva, 1 November 2017. According to the PageGroup Confidence Index (Q3 2017), the confidence of job seekers has reached its highest level in 2017. 52% of candidates are confident about improving their overall professional situation over the next 6-12 months. This is the highest level in 2017 and an increase of +8% between Q2 and Q3 2017. Candidates in the German-speaking region are more confident (57%) than those in the Swiss Romande (50%).
Confident but Pragmatic
Across Switzerland the majority (57%) of job seekers did not expect to increase their compensation levels or achieve a better work-life balance (63%). More than two thirds (69%) expect to further develop their professional skills and half (50%) expect to obtain a promotion with increased responsibilities.
According to Jérôme Bouin, Managing Director, PageGroup Switzerland, “The outlook for job seekers has definitely improved since the beginning of 2017. We see especially strong demand in IT, sales, engineering, logistics and pharmaceuticals. Companies continue to increase their reliance on temporary and interim roles. Qualified candidates, who are open to both temporary and permanent options and flexible about what is included in their total package, can be confident of finding the right job”.
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PageGroup is a worldwide leader in specialist recruitment which is listed on the London Stock Exchange (Stock Symbol: PAGE). Founded in 1976, it has been active in Switzerland since 2001 and operates through three key brands: Page Executive (executive search), Michael Page (middle to senior management) and Page Personnel (graduate and skilled employees). PageGroup has 152 offices worldwide including its’ three Swiss offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne.
PageGroup Confidence Index
The PageGroup Confidence Index polls job applicants to identify their outlook regarding the labor market. This index covers only those candidates who actively applied for a job through Michael Page and Page Personnel websites. Initiated in Switzerland in July 2014, the now global study is conducted online and investigates the motivations of job applicants for changing jobs, their confidence in finding a new job and their expectations about the length of their job search. The survey covers approximately 18,000 questionnaires per quarter worldwide, more than 650 in Switzerland. An interactive infographic and more details can be found under http://www.pagepersonnel.ch/news-and-research-centre/confidence-index.