'Confidence is growing' in the UK's jobs market

Three out of five people believe it would take them less than six months to find another job if they were made redundant, according to a survey, with Britons seemingly becoming more positive about their employment prospects.

The figure is a further sign that confidence is slowly returning to the jobs market, after years of uncertainty associated with the economic climate.

Falling unemployment levels and increasing numbers of people in full or part-time work have boosted the hopes of many jobseekers, according to the survey, which asked 4,000 people in England how they felt about the jobs market.

The survey, carried out by the National Careers Service, found that London was the area where people were most confident about jobs, followed by the South West of England and the East Midlands.

The figures showed that there was little change in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

The statistics have been welcomed by careers advisers and politicians alike.

Joe Billington, director of the National Careers Service, said: "While an increase in confidence is a really positive sign, the right advice is important in helping to secure job interviews and get into work."

He added: "Our research shows that people need more support to be able to seize career opportunities, particularly those looking for work."

Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "It's great to see that the nation's job confidence has increased in the last three months, matching economic growth. It is also good to know that more and more people are seeking out work experience as we know that this is a good way to access and understand careers.

"There are already a record number of jobs in the UK and while many challenges remain, these figures show the plan is working."

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