More than three million workers not confident that they will be in their job in a year's time

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date: 26 August 2008

embargo: 00:01 hours Thursday 28 August 2008

More than 3.3 million workers (13 per cent of the workforce) are not confident they will still be in their job in a year's time according to a new YouGov poll commissioned by the TUC and released today (Thursday).

Workers in Wales are the least confident of keeping their jobs. 20 per cent of workers in Wales say they are 'not very confident' or 'not at all confident' when asked how confident are you 'that you can keep working for your current employer over the next 12 months if you want to.' Scottish workers are next with 17 per cent not confident of keeping their jobs.

Workers in the East of England are the most optimistic. Only 7 per cent are not confident of being in their job in a year's time. They are followed by workers in London, Yorkshire and the West Midlands where 12 per cent lack confidence in being in their jobs in a year (full regional breakdown below).

Workers in medium sized businesses are the least confident with 18 per cent of staff in those with 50 to 249 workers saying they are not confident of being in their jobs in a year, compared to 12 per cent in big workplaces (more than 1000 employees).

Those in low paid jobs are less secure than those in better paid jobs. The least confident about keeping their job earn between £10,000 and £15,000 and the most confident earn more than £50,000. Union members were more optimistic than non-members, with 48 per cent of trade unionists very confident that they would be in their job in a year's time, compared to 40 per of workers not in a union.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'These poll findings show just how many people are getting worried about losing their job in the current economic slowdown. Of course this does not mean that unemployment will rise by anything like three million, but it does show just how jittery people have become about the economy and their own job.

'The economy will inevitably slow this year and next, given the credit crunch and the impact of higher oil, food and commodity prices. But there is a real danger that if everyone thinks that the downturn will be deeper than it needs to be it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

'These findings add to the growing pressure on the Government and economic policy makers to put growth first by doing all they can to restore confidence and boost investment'

Regional break down

How confident are you that you can keep working for your current employer over the next 12 months if you want to (i.e. you will not have to change employers unless you want to)? (don't knows, not applicable and short term contracts excluded)

region

confidence

Employed workforce in region (1000s)

number of workers not confident (1000s)

Very %

Fairly %

Not very %

Not at all %

Not very + not at all

Wales

47

32

13

7

20

1,164

231

Scotland

41

37

12

5

17

2,237

382

South East

39

40

11

5

15

3,614

544

North West

45

36

9

5

14

2,775

384

East Midlands

47

34

7

7

14

2,177

299

South West

45

39

10

4

14

2,151

304

North East

48

38

8

5

13

1,038

139

Yorkshire and The Humber

41

41

8

3

12

2,161

250

West Midlands

42

41

7

6

12

1,882

232

London

43

37

8

4

12

3,174

367

East of England

31

58

5

3

7

2,414

181

GB

42

40

9

5

13

24,787

3,309

NOTES TO EDITORS:

- All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,857 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 28th July - 8th August 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+), trade union members and non-trade union members.

- Detailed results are available at http://www.tuc.org.uk/extras/TUCjobsecuritypoll.pdf

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