North West jobs confidence increasing, latest index shows

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Job confidence in the North West is increasing, the third National Careers Service Job Confidence Index reveals.

Three quarters of people in the region became more job confident or maintained the same confidence levels in their job and ability to find work since August 2013.

The results reveal an increase of four per cent since the first Index.

And the research, conducted by ICM, shows the main driver behind the North West’s increase in job confidence is the economic recovery, with 60 per cent claiming they are more job confident as a result of improving business outlook.

In addition to the economic recovery, just over two fifths of people in the North West also attributed their increase in job confidence down to more opportunities being available, and 28 per cent said they had the right skills / qualifications.

The overall Index, based on research looking at various issues affecting someone’s confidence in finding work, analyses the state of the nation’s work and employment prospects.

Taking in other, underlying factors, the overall job confidence score for the North West has increased by 2.4 points since November 2013, increasing from 52.1 to 54.5 out of 100 –an increase of 3.3 points since the first Index was released in August 2013.

Seventy two per cent of all respondents agreed they had the right experience to find work, an increase of 10 per cent. There is also more confidence around writing application letter or forms.