Jobseekers confident of working

Almost two-thirds of jobseekers are confident of finding work in the next year, although in some parts of the UK people are unsure they will be employed in the next 12 months, according to new research.

A survey of more than 7,000 adults by employment website totaljobs.com showed that most were prepared to take a job they were over-qualified for, and almost half would accept a pay cut.

Around two thirds said they were willing to take a part-time job, showing the level of compromise to meet the demands of a "stagnant" labour market, said the report.

Jobseekers in London were most confident of finding work, while almost one in five of those in the north of England were not sure they would have a job this time in 2013.

John Salt, of totaljobs.com, said: "Despite the fact the UK is in a double dip recession, many jobseekers are starting to see some glimmers of hope amongst the gloom of the ongoing economic crisis.

"The recruitment market is feeling rejuvenated, with UK plc and jobseekers finally waking up to the need to be flexible, and businesses are now willing to accommodate part-time work to retain good staff or cut costs."