April 3, 2015


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More Men than Women Report Receiving On-the-job Training

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (April 3, 2015) – As the topic of skills training takes center stage in the U.S. after President Obama announced a new TechHire program last month, the Glassdoor U.S. Employment Confidence Survey1, conducted by Harris Poll, found that employment and socioeconomic status impact the quantity of on-the-job training employees2 and job seekers receive, contributing to a skills gap in America’s workforce.

When it comes to income, education and gender, there are significant differences between the amount of access various socioeconomic groups have to on-the-job training from their employers:

  • Nearly three in four (73 percent) employees earning higher household incomes ($100,000+) report receiving on-the-job training in the past 12 months when compared to employees whose household incomes are less: $75,000-99,999 (57 percent), $50,000-74,999 (58 percent), less than $50,000 (57 percent).
  • Seventy percent of employees with college degrees report receiving on-the-job training in the past 12 months compared to 56 percent of employees with some college education and 58 percent of employees with or without a high school diploma.
  • Two-thirds of men (66 percent) have received on-the-job training in the past 12 months compared to 57 percent of women.

In addition, while more than three in five (62 percent) employees have received on the job training from their employer in the past 12 months, only one in four (24 percent) of those unemployed but looking for work (who have been employed within the past 12 months) have received training from their most recent employer in the past year. Further, when it comes to types of training, only 29 percent of employees have received technology training. When compared to those unemployed but looking for work, significantly fewer – only 6 percent – have received technology training from their most recent employer in the past year.

“As the national conversation heats up around the need for greater skills training opportunities, the Glassdoor survey underscores the importance of making sure skills training is available equally to all socioeconomic groups in the country,” said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “Job market confidence in the U.S. is high, and in order for us to grow and harness the favorable economy, we must make sure our workforce has the information and access to training needed to advance their careers, companies and industries.”

The Glassdoor Employment Confidence Survey also continues to track four core indicators of employment confidence on a quarterly basis: salary expectations, job market optimism, business outlook and job security.

  • Salary Expectations: At a new high in more than six years, 45 percent of employees expect to receive a pay raise or cost-of-living increase in the next 12 months. This is up 2 percentage points from last quarter (43 percent). Thirty-seven percent do not expect a pay raise, unchanged over the past two quarters, while 18 percent don’t know. Pay raise confidence is higher among men (50 percent), compared to women (40 percent).
    Job Market Optimism/Re-hire Probability: Half (48 percent) of employees (including those self-employed) report confidence in their ability to find a job matched to their current experience and compensation levels in the next six months. This remains consistent with the previous quarter’s six-year high. Of those unemployed but looking for work, job market confidence increased 4 percentage points to 47 percent since last quarter and is also a new six-year high.
  • Business Outlook Optimism: When it comes to business outlook,47 percent of employees (including those self-employed) believe their company’s business outlook will improve in the next six months, up 4 percentage points since last quarter and a high in more than two years, since Q4 2012 (40 percent). Forty-six percent believe it will stay the same and 7 percent believe it will get worse. Men are significantly more optimistic (52 percent) than women (40 percent) that business will get better in the next six months.
  • Job Security: Sixteen percent of employees report concern of being laid off in the next six months, edging up 3 percentage points from last quarter. Twenty-eight percent of employees report concern about co-workers being laid off in the next six months, an increase of 5 percentage points since last quarter.


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