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Massachusetts and New Hampshire job seekers confident in prospects over next six months

October 18 2018

Job seekers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are clearly optimistic that the current market will offer enhanced professional opportunities, according to a survey conducted by BANKW Staffing, a regional staffing firm in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. More than half of respondents, 58.3%, indicated they were either “extremely confident” or “very confident” in their job prospects in the next six months.

Slightly more than 32% of respondents said they were “very confident” in their employment prospects over the next six months, while 25.9% replied as “extremely confident” in their employment prospects over that same window. Forty percent indicated they were either “extremely confident” or “very confident” of finding a job that fits their job experience and/or pays well.

The job marketplace has been highly transient, with 35.5% of respondents indicating they change jobs every two years or less. Another 22.5% replying to the survey indicated they change every three to four years. Respondents expressed a strong commitment to move on from their current job, with the expectation of finding a better career opportunity quickly. Of those responding, 37.8% indicated they are “extremely likely” to look for a new employment opportunity within the next 12 months. Another 15% replied they were “very likely” to look for a new job in the next year.

The survey also found information technology and finance were the top two sought-after industries, at 31% and 21% respectively. Good compensation and the need for more professional growth were the top two reasons offered by respondents for wanting to move on from their current jobs at 27.6% and 23.4% respectively.

The online survey was conducted in September 2018 in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It included 351 respondents.

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