The latest National Careers Service Job Confidence Index reports that job confidence in the UK has risen by 1.7 points over the last quarter, reaching 53.5 out of 100.

The research analyses the employment prospects of the working age population as they feel it, revealing that 76% of the country maintained or experienced an increase in their job confidence since the last index.

Improvements in job confidence are most pronounced in London, the South West and the East Midlands.

Unemployed people experienced a surge in confidence (from 41.5 to 45.5), coinciding with an increase in proactive approaches to securing jobs: 24% of the unemployed applied for work experience compared to 12% in the last Index.

However, the number of unemployed job seekers that have updated their CVs over the past three months is down 4%.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: ‘It’s great to see that the nation’s job confidence has increased in the last three months, matching economic growth. It is also good to know that more and more people are seeking out work experience as we know that this is a good way to access and understand careers.’

You can apply for work experience and internships via Inside Careers.

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