Jobs confidence rises in region

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Three quarters of people in the East Midlands are more confident in their job and future prospects than they were three months ago.

The figures come from the first national Job Confidence Index, which reveals the state of the nation’s employment prospects based on a study of over 4000 people.

The survey shows an overall job confidence score of 51.8 for the East Midlands. On a national level, the data also shows a score of 51.8 out of 100.

The Index, which is based on seven pillars ranging from job and personal experience, qualifications and opportunities, reveals that while job confidence is highest in London and the South East of England, the picture across the country is a relatively consistent one. The East Midlands has slightly less job confidence than London, although confidence is the lowest in the West Midlands.

According to the data, commissioned by the National Careers Service which recently celebrated its first anniversary, 75% of the East Midlands became more job confident, or maintained the same confidence levels in their job and ability to find work over the last three months.

Backing up the East Midlands’ confidence are figures that show 62% of employed people feel that it would take them less than six months to find a new job which they wanted if they were made redundant, with 38% feeling they would need less than three months.

Nationally, according to the research, the mood in the jobs market has improved due to a number of factors ranging from economic recovery (42%), possessing the right work experience (42%), having the right skills and qualifications (40%) to feeling more prepared (22%) and seeing friends and family find new jobs (11%).