Less Than One Third Job Seekers Confident About Their Prospects

Jeremy Hunt’s first budget last week aimed to get more people back to work but less than one third (31%) of workers feel more confident looking for a job as a result.  Leading job board CV-Library polled 2,250 workers about their opinion of the budget, with 51% thinking that it will make no difference to their job prospects, and alarmingly 17.3% feel less confident post-budget than beforehand.

When asked what the most positive aspect of the budget were for the country, the results revealed:

  • 65.9% Energy price guarantee
  • 46.8% Childcare for under 3’s
  • 44.3% Fuel duty freeze
  • 32.5% Extended school hours
  • 24.1% Pension changes
  • 23.3% Over 50’s returnership programme
  • 18.4% IT tax relief for businesses

(The above figures are based on respondents top three answers.)

Lee Biggins, Founder and CEO of CV-Library said “Whilst there’s a lot of hope and positivity around the Government’s latest budget, it’s clear that UK workers are feeling wounded and intensely cautious after a turbulent few years. Without doubt, personal finances remain the key driver for the overwhelming majority.”  

Biggins continues, “Our survey reveals that 8 out 10 are stressed about finding a new job in the current climate so, those businesses recruiting in 2023, need to focus on a positive route to hire experience, as well as clear job specs, competitive salaries and attractive benefits packages” 

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