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percent said no, up from 30.3 percent last year;
and 18. 8 percent said they weren’t sure, which is
close to 16 percent who said the same in last year’s
Time to move on?
We introduced a new set of questions in the 2018
survey, asking readers if they are looking for new
jobs and why. We asked our survey takers if they are
currently looking for employment — 40 percent said
that they are happy in their current position and are
therefore not seeking work; 36.5 percent said that
they’re looking simply out of curiosity; 15. 3 percent
responded that they are actively seeking a new job;
and 8. 2 percent said that while they’re unhappy in
their current position they are not
looking to switch jobs at the moment.
For those who responded that
they are looking for a new job, we
asked them why. Unhappiness with
their current salary/benefits package
was cited by 27.6 percent of survey
takers. A better commute/more flexible hours was desired by 14. 5 percent
of responders. Another 9. 2 percent
said that they are bored and looking
for a change, while 6. 6 percent said
that they are unhappy with their current management/coworkers.
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65.1 percent. Monitoring/instrumentation systems
stayed fairly steady compared to last year at 55.3 percent, followed by critical cleaning products at 52.4
percent. Also represented was furniture at 48.5 percent, and both benches/enclosures and cleanroom
services (outside cleaning companies, consultants,
designers/engineers, etc.) at 43.7 percent each .
Half of responders — 50.5 percent —use single-use, disposable cleanroom attire, which is up
10 percentage points from last year’s 40.8 percent.
Washable attire use fell to 31.1 percent. The biggest
change was represented by single-use, recyclable
attire, which was used by 31.1 percent compared to
just 7. 5 percent of survey responders in 2017.
Your turn to clean up
We asked readers who takes care of cleaning their
facility. Most readers — 42.7 percent — said that
the cleanroom workers themselves perform cleaning duties, which is up from 36.1 percent in 2017.
Meanwhile, 30.1 percent say that they have an
in-house staff solely dedicated to cleaning duties,
up from 27.8 percent last year. An outside cleaning
company is hired by 27.2 percent of survey takers,
up from 36.1 percent in 2017.
We asked our survey takers how often they have
their cleanroom facility inspected by an outside
company. Nearly half of responders — 49.5 percent
— have the facility inspected by an outside company
once a year. “More than once a year” was represented
by 21. 7 percent, and 18. 6 percent have their facility
inspected by an outside company every two to five
years. The percentage of responders who say that
they only bring in an outside inspector every five to
10 years was 10. 3 percent.
Working 9 to 5
The trend of increasing workloads continued into
2018, with 73.3 percent of responders saying that
the demands of their jobs have increased within the
past year. Workloads remained steady for 18. 6 of
responders, and just 8.1 percent said that their job
demands have decreased in the past year.
Like last year, most survey takers reported getting
some kind of increase in pay or benefits in the past
year, be it a performance-based raise, a cost-of-living
raise, or a stronger benefits package. A little over a
quarter of responders said they did not receive any
kind of salary increase whatsoever. In a separate
question, 70.9 percent said they have not faced any
salary or benefits cuts in the past year, which is down
from 84.6 percent in 2017.
When asked if their company offers adequate
opportunities for growth, 48.2 percent said yes,
which was down from 53.8 percent in 2017; 32.9