SOURCE: Kenexa

February 12, 2009 11:00 ET

The Kenexa Research Institute Launches Its Employee Confidence Index™

U.S. Employee Confidence Declines 2.8% Since September

WAYNE, PA--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - Kenexa® (NASDAQ: KNXA), a global provider of talent management and retention solutions, today announced that the Kenexa Research Institute has released its Kenexa Employee Confidence Index™ (ECI), a quarterly measure of worker opinions and component of the forthcoming Kenexa Composite.

Employee confidence has been found to relate to multiple economic and business performance outcomes at the individual, organizational, industry and country levels as well as being predictive of both consumer confidence and unemployment levels.

A high level of employee confidence is achieved when employees perceive their organization as being effectively managed and competitively positioned, and believe they have a promising future with their organization, job security and skills that are attractive to other employers. Employee confidence influences individual behavior and has implications for organizational performance and economic conditions.

In December 2008, the global ECI score was 98.4. Brazil (104.9), the United Kingdom (100.1), France (99.9), China (99.8) and Germany (99.7) had the highest levels of employee confidence, while Canada (97.5), Russia (97.4) and Japan (93.3) had the lowest levels. The United States' employee confidence index score was 98.7.

Jeffrey Saltzman, principal at Kenexa, stated, "Compared to June 2008, employees in Brazil are the most positive. According to the OECD, Brazil was the only country to be rated a 'downturn' rather than 'strong slowdown' in December 2008. Employees in Canada were relatively upbeat until the Canadian dollar started falling against the U.S. dollar, losing 12% of its value in October alone, the largest drop since 1950. Employees in Japan recorded the lowest level of year-end confidence possibly due to an 8.1% decline in November industrial output, the largest decline ever recorded in Japan."

In the U.S., employee confidence varied by industry. The service, healthcare, accounting and legal industries had the highest levels of employee confidence. Mining, hotel and business services showed a decline in employee confidence since June 2008.

Within the U.S., 32% of employees feel that their economic well-being will continue to decline over the next six months and 73% are expressing at least some worry about their personal financial well-being, while 40% are worrying about it to a great or very great extent. Employees within the U.S. were not alone in their concerns; workers in every country surveyed expressed significant amounts of concern as well.

Saltzman continued, "It is somewhat alarming to see the rather large percentage of employees expressing either a very great deal or great deal of concern with respect to their current financial situations. The U.S., while at almost 40%, is second only to France with 52% of the employee population expressing these high levels of concern."

About the Kenexa Employee Confidence Index™

The Kenexa Employee Confidence Index™ (ECI) measures the degree of confidence employees have in their employers' marketplace competitiveness and their own careers. The ECI is measured quarterly using opinions from workers in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States. Kenexa's ECI was started in June 2008 and was normalized for each country to equal 100. Subsequent scores are reported in percents above or below that starting point. Data are available by country, industry, age, gender and job type.

About the Kenexa Composite™

The Kenexa Composite™ is a country-level indicator of economic health and employment conditions. Using a combination of the Kenexa Employee Confidence Index (ECI) and the Kenexa Jobs Index, the Kenexa Composite tracks labor demand and employee optimism in the 12 largest economies, accounting for 73% of the world's GDP.

The Kenexa Jobs Index™ is comprised of a fixed set of Forbes Global 2000 organizations and gauges their hiring activity. These organizations use Kenexa's large-scale recruiting solutions.

About Kenexa

Kenexa (NASDAQ: KNXA) is a global leader in building the world's greatest workforces using a combination of software, employee research science and business process optimization. Kenexa's global solutions include applicant tracking, onboarding, recruitment process outsourcing, employment branding, skills and behavioral assessments, structured interviews, performance management, multi-rater feedback surveys, employee engagement surveys and HR Analytics. Kenexa is headquartered in Wayne, Pa. (outside Philadelphia). Additional information about Kenexa and its global products and services can be accessed at www.kenexa.com.