Worker confidence among accounting and finance workers rose in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to a recent survey commissioned by recruiting and staffing firm Spherion Corp.

 The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among accounting and finance workers, increased by 2.2 points, to 64.6 last quarter. More workers reported being optimistic about the economy and confident in their personal employment situation. The U.S. Index stood at 59.6.
The report also said that:

  • The percentage of workers concerned that the economy is getting weaker decreased by seven percentage points, to 29 percent in the fourth quarter;
  • The percentage of workers (63 percent) expressing confidence in their ability to find a new job remains unchanged; and,
  • Seventy-one percent of accounting and finance workers reported confidence in the future of their employer, compared to 69 percent in the third quarter.

“In 2006, the demand for accounting and finance workers far outstripped the supply of available talent,” said Spherion’s senior vice president of professional services, Brendan Courtney, in a statement. “I don’t see this trend fading away anytime soon, as the number of students entering into this profession falls short of open positions.”  
The results of the full survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive and includes responses from more than 500 accounting and finance workers, is available online, at

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