A new survey by Right Management Consultants found that,
while three quarters of respondents said they felt secure
in their own employment, more than half said they wouldn’t
be surprised if a family member or friend got the ax.
Three-fourths of worker respondents expect higher unemployment overall and eight of ten said it wouldn’t be easy for laid-off workers to find a new post.
According to the survey, white workers felt more confident about their job prospects than did blacks. And workers who earned $75,000 or more a year felt more confident than did workers earning $25,000 or less.
Blacks were more likely than whites to say there was a possibility of losing their job in the next year (36% to 22%), the survey said.
Female workers believed more strongly than male workers that the unemployment rate would rise (80% to 72%), the survey found.
The Right Career Confidence Index is made up of interviews with more than 1,000 fulltime workers.