Good news for job hunters, as boom forecast

A job boom is predicted.

A job boom is predicted. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

ALMOST one in four South West workers is currently hunting a new job, according to a recent survey – but the good news is, there are plenty available.

Recruitment specialist Reed says 22 per cent of people in the region are actively seeking new pastures, adding that job satisfaction, salary and work/life balance are the key factors for those looking to move.

Reed spokesman Ben Fellows said: “In a candidate-led market like this, employers need to think hard about how they attract and retain staff.

“What this research shows is that although salary is very important, now we’re out of the recession it’s no longer just about pay. Workers are feeling more confident about the economy and as such are feeling that they can ask for, and expect employers to give, a more holistic employment package.”

However, workforce expert Manpower projects a nine per cent growth in South West jobs this coming year, after surveying of thousands of businesses.

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Spokesman Krissie Davies said: “We are seeing job opportunities across the region and particular demand within the engineering, customer service, financial services and utilities sectors.”

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