British workers are the most pessimistic in the world when it comes to their future job security, with three in ten fearing redundancy in the coming year, according to new research.
The bi-annual Global Career Confidence Index from Right Management surveyed 18 countries and revealed that the UK was also the only country other than Korea where workers were less confident about their jobs now than they were in May.
UK director of Right Management Peter Coles said that the drop appeared unusual given Britain's strong economy and relatively buoyant jobs market.
However, the continuing restructuring of the jobs market and growth in outsourcing in the public sectors had left many people feeling uncertain about their job security and thinking that they did not have the relevant experience for new jobs, he added.
He said: "Workers should remember the UK economy is in a much stronger position than many of its global counterparts.
"Good workers are always in demand, so it's as important as ever for employers to maintain the morale of employees, and regularly review their recruitment and retention strategies to identify and hold onto the best talent."