The latest ITV News Cuts Index survey, published 14 October 2011.
Date Published: 13 Oct 2011
Categories: Economy | Politics | Public and communities | UK
ComRes/ ITV News Poll: six in ten people know a credit crunch job victim
- Women and people in the north of England particularly gloomy over job prospects
In a week when unemployment hit its highest level in 17 years, the latest poll conducted by ComRes for ITV News reveals the extent to which job losses and concerns about redundancy have become widespread throughout the country. More than six in ten people in Britain (62%) know someone personally who has lost their job since the 2008 credit crunch, with numbers particularly high among those under 44 years old and in the north of England. Other findings reveal:
• Four in ten people say they, or a member of their family, are ‘seriously worried’ about losing their job, with women and the middle-aged being most likely to express concern;
• The proportion of people who say they are confident that the company they work for will be ‘more successful financially in the next year’ has fallen from 33% to 29% since last month, while those who positively disagree have increased from 34% to 38% today. Women were noticeably less optimistic than men, with just 24% who expressed optimism compared to 33% of men;
• Disturbingly, more than a third of people (36%) expect there to be more redundancies at their workplace in the next year than last year, while only 38% disagree. People living in the North East and North West were particularly pessimistic on this measure;
• Fully two-thirds of people, 65%, do not feel more confident in their personal financial situation than they did six months ago.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2028 GB adults online between 7th and 9th October 2011. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all GB adults. ComRes is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.