Unemployed more confident in getting job, finds National Careers Service

The population of England has become as a whole more confident about finding work over the last three months – with confidence among the unemployed the key driver.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013The population of England has become as a whole more confident about finding work over the last three months – with confidence among the unemployed the key driver.

This is according to a survey of 4,394 adults in England, which forms the second Job Confidence Index from the National Careers Service. The first study was released in August.

The index moves from 51.8 to 53.5, higher than the 50-point mark, which would indicate neither confidence nor a lack of confidence. Overall, only 24% of people said they were less confident about being able to find work over the last three months.

Among those without jobs, it rises from 41.5 to 45.5. The number of people out of work in the UK dropped by 48,000 to 2.47m in the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

The survey also shows the enhanced confidence is mostly felt in London, followed by the South-West and the East Midlands, while confidence in West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber have seen little change.

The reasons for the improvement are economic recovery, possessing the right experience, having the right skills and qualifications, feeling more prepared, and being inspired by family and friends who have found new jobs.

Twice the number of unemployed people (25%) have applied for work experience compared with August’s survey, while 33% have attended training to progress their career search, compared to 28% previously.

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