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UK plc back on track: 77% workers optimistic about next 10 years

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The Workforce View 2014/15‘ report delved deeper into the views of the UK workforce in an effort to find out why employees showed such a significant uplift in optimism.

Some 36 per cent explain that they feel more “confident about job security”, while 35 per cent feel that career opportunities are growing again. Others sense the economy is improving, thereby benefiting their careers (32 per cent). 

Perceptions of stability have also seen a boost, with 71 per cent of workers now saying their future at work looks stable, up from 60 per cent last year.

There are also signs that businesses are riding the wave of optimism through new drives for innovation, with nearly three quarters of employees describing their organisation as dynamic. 

The proportion of workers, who think their future at work will be exciting rather than dull, has also grown significantly, from 52 per cent to 67 per cent.

Across different age groups, those entering the workplace have the most confidence (85 per cent). However, optimism drops steadily across the age groups, with 71 per cent of people over 55 saying they feel positive about the next ten years.

There are also contrasts across the country, with Londoners reporting the highest optimism (82 per cent), as well as being the most likely to say their organisation is dynamic (33 per cent) and foreseeing an exciting future (73 per cent). 

The least optimistic areas of the UK are Northern Ireland (69 per cent), Wales (73 per cent) and Yorkshire (74 per cent).

This year’s findings highlight just how far we’ve come since the recession, with employees feeling good about their careers, job security and having a positive view of their employers.

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