Women are Less Confident About Employment

Women Employment Overall, the confidence and optimism of the American worker is on the rise, partially thanks to positive reports for unemployment and jobless claims. But there is a curious, marked difference between the way men and women feel about their prospects. Men are considerably more optimistic, while more women remain dubious.

That's according to a recent Glassdoor.com Employment Confidence Survey, which revealed that today, more Americans are feeling the confidence to quit. Among full-time, part-time and/or self-employed adults, 40 percent say they believe it is "likely" they could find a new job matched to their experience and compensation levels within six months if they left their current job –- the highest level in six quarters.

But confidence in more cash is not quite as strong. Those employees who believe they will receive a pay raise in the next 12 months fell one percentage point to 35 percent in the first quarter. Nearly half (45 percent) of employees report they do not expect a pay raise in the next 12 months. Optimism about pay varies with gender. Women (30 percent) are less optimistic they will receive a pay raise in the next six months compared to men (39 percent).

Opinion about company outlook also varies between genders; men reveal significantly more optimism, with half (50 percent) expecting their company outlook to improve compared to more than one-fourth (28 percent) of females.

"The fickle nature of the economy sends employees mixed signals as to how much the job market really is improving -- on one side there is a growing sense of optimism around hiring while at the same time employees hold a more conservative outlook for what's in store at the company level," said Rusty Rueff, a Glassdoor career and workplace expert.

So why are men so much more confident than women about their professional prospects these days? Have women become jaded by the fact most earn roughly 20 percent less than men for doing the same work? Your guess is as good as anyone else's.

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