Secretarial Jobs Board

Index shows consumers are confident jobs remain

09/07/2008

A consumer satisfaction index has shown consumers are relaxed about the availability of work and believe jobs are still available.

Nationwide's Consumer Satisfaction Index revealed half of consumers believe there are many or some jobs available.

Its Present Situation Index remained static in June at 56, although its Expectations Index fell six points to 64. Chief economist, Fionnula Earley warned that with unemployment on the rise "we are likely to see a change in labour market sentiment over the coming months".

Ms Earley noted: "This month's drop in confidence is to be expected given the recent run of bad news."

More than half of all respondents said they expected the current economic climate to worsen, although people appear confident about their future employment situation.

Nationwide found 37 per cent believe there will be many or some jobs available in six months time.

The government's most recent economic figures showed a 0.2 per cent three-monthly fall in manufacturing and 29.5 million people in employment.

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