Workers 'more confident about jobs'


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People are slowly becoming more confident about finding a job, but "significant" numbers need support, new research has shown.

One in four believe their confidence has fallen in the past few months, while three out of four said their optimism has improved or stayed the same , a survey by the National Careers Service (NCS) of 4,000 adults in England found .

The mood on the employment front has improved because of economic recovery and a feeling that people have the right work experience or skills, said the report.

Joe Billington, director of the NCS, said: "While job confidence is heading in the right direction, there is still a way to go in ensuring people are ready to find the right job - or the next stage in their career.
"The results reflect what we see on the ground and hear in our call centres, that while people are slowly becoming more confident, we see significant numbers of people who need support and encouragement to take the right steps to a new job."

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "It is a sign of the rebalancing economy that many are starting to feel more confident about their job prospects.

"However, we need to continue to provide as many options for training as possible, so that people have the appropriate skills to find work, which will reward them and respond to business needs."

Job confidence was highest in London and the South East, the study found.

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