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Britons worry increasingly about job security, survey shows

Wed, 12th Aug 2020 06:00

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - People in Britain are
increasingly worried about losing their jobs as the country's
economy struggles to cope with the impact of the coronavirus
pandemic, a survey published on Wednesday showed.

Forty-two percent of respondents said their job was less
safe than it was a year ago, an increase of five percentage
points from July, opinion poll firm Kantar said.

One in four thought that over the rest of 2020 their job was
not at all or not very secure, little changed from July.

Employment in Britain fell by the most since 2009 in the
April-June period, according to official data published on
Tuesday. Figures due for release at 0600 GMT on Wednesday are
likely to show the country has fallen into a recession.

The Bank of England last week forecast the jobless rate
would hit 7.5% at the end of this year, almost double its most
recent reading.

The Kantar survey showed a sharp fall in the proportion of
respondents who believed the government was lifting coronavirus
restrictions too quickly and an increase in those who thought
the pace was right or too slow.
(Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison)

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