Redundancy fears for 14% of UK workers

More than one in 10 workers fear they will lose their jobs in the next year, according to a survey released by the TUC.

The poll found that about 3.3 million employees are not sure they will still be in their jobs in 12 months’ time.

Pollsters YouGov asked 2,857 adults: “How confident are you that you can keep working for your current employer over the next 12 months if you want to?” Across Britain, 14% of respondents said they were ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ confident. Another 42% were very confident, while 40% were fairly confident.

Workers in Wales are the least confident about keeping their jobs, followed by those in Scotland. East of England employees were the most optimistic.

People working for medium-sized businesses and those in low-paid jobs were feeling the least secure. Union members were more optimistic than non-members.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “These findings show just how many people are getting worried about losing their jobs in the current economic slowdown.

“Of course this does not mean that unemployment will rise by anything like three million, but it does show just how jittery people have become about the economy and their own jobs.”

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