NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) -- Concern among U.S. workers about income, benefits and job security is on the rise, research firm Harris Interactive said Thursday.
"American workers are increasingly worried about their income and benefits security, as well as their employability," the firm said, noting "these issues (were) showing a slight increase since last month -- from 56 percent in March to 57 percent in April."
The research firm, in an online survey conducted April 15-17 that involved 2,114 adults, said 53 percent of workers indicated they expected to be asked to do more work within the next three months without an increase in their compensation.
Twenty-four percent of respondents indicated they expected a cut in salary or scheduled work hours in the next three months, an increase from 20 percent in March. Fewer workers, 55 percent in April compared to 61 percent in March -- indicated they expected they could find a new job if they were put in a position to do so.
Harris said worries were most common among workers aged 55 or older and that group also appeared to have the fastest growing increase in job concerns.
"The Harris Poll Jobs and Benefits Security Index points to a rise in worker insecurity about their income, benefits and employability this past month. Specifically, workers are more pessimistic about the likelihood of finding a job if they need to look for one, as well as the likelihood of seeing a benefits improvement," said Harris Interactive President and Chief Executive Officer Al Angrisani in a statement.
"Specifically, workers are more pessimistic about the likelihood of finding a job if they need to look for one, as well as the likelihood of seeing a benefits improvement," he said. "Recruiting and hiring talent and new employees appears to have become a major investment consideration for employers and this new phenomenon is contributing to an increase in job 'insecurity' within corporate America," Angrisani added.