UK workers are less optimistic about future job prospects, market research suggests


UK workers are less optimistic about their future, new research from the Institute for the Future of Work and Opinium has been able to suggest, with a 5th of workers becoming more pessimistic about their career prospects than last year (22%) and only a quarter (26%) of workers trust the Government to provide.

According to the aforementioned study, 60% think it would be difficult to find a new job if they lost their current job, and 32% believe they would have to take a less senior job if they became unemployed.

This pessimism is more stark outside of London: whilst 52% of London workers say they would struggle to find a new job if made redundant, this is significantly higher at 61% for workers outside of London. This is likely related to the amount of job choice available in the capital, with 51% of London workers believing they would have a lot of job options to choose from, compared to only 38% of non-London workers.

This polling comes as The Institute for the Future of Work launches its ‘Good Work Charter’, which calls on employers to ensure that their jobs offer dignity, fair pay and the opportunity to develop their skills and future employability through learning and development. This polling is part of The Institute for the Future of Work’s rolling programme of research and advocacy to promote ‘good jobs’ and harness the Fourth Industrial Revolution for all.

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