How Secure Do You Feel In Your Current Job?
Americans may be happy to be working again, but they are stressed out about job security. According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the Markle Foundation, the vast majority of Americans are pleased with their jobs, but they are concerned about keeping their jobs.
A good number of people are satisfied with their jobs–49 percent. And 30 percent replied they feel somewhat satisfied with their jobs. Only a low 15 percent said they very dissatisfied or somewhat dissatisfied with their careers. And employees aren’t job hopping so much any more. People are staying with their companies longer; the number of people who’ve been with their current employer for at least five years increased to 51 percent in 2014, up from 46 increase in 1996. Additionally, Americans are pulling in longer hours–working an average of 46.8 weeks a year in 2015, up from 43 weeks in 1980.
Yet most Americans are more concerned about job security, with 63 percent of those polled revealing they have less security now than they did 20 to 30 years ago. Only 16 percent say they have more confidence in their jobs. One way to retain jobs, respondents felt, was through education; 87 percent said it’s necessary for to get training and acquire new skills. “The number of workers in occupations requiring average to above-average education, training and experience jumped 68 percent between 1980 and 2015, while those requiring below-average skills rose only 31%, according to Pew. (The amount of training needed varies by occupation and is based on a Department of Labor scale. Above-average preparation usually involves a four-year college degree and additional years of experience and training.),” reported CNN.
Besides not keeping up with skills, there are other reasons, respondents felt, for the lack of job security. “Eight in 10 adults felt that increased outsourcing is hurting American workers, while nearly the same share feel that having more foreign-made products sold in the U.S. has been a problem. Some 57 percent feel the increased use of contract or temporary workers is harmful, while nearly half said the decline in union membership has hurt workers,” reported CNN.
And for the unemployed, 65 percent said it’s been tougher to find work in their local area, still down from 84 percent in 2009, at the height of the recession.