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Half of jobseekers would turn down zero-hour contracts


More than half (52%) of jobseekers are not willing to take on roles under zero-hour contract terms, according to research by totaljobs.com.

The totaljobs.com Labour Market Outlook is based on a survey of more than 6,000 employees. It also suggests those looking to move jobs are more optimistic about their prospects than this time last year.

More than one-third (38%) are confident they will find a new job within two months, an increase of five percentage points since 2013. The same number believe they will find their “dream job” at some stage in the future.

The results indicate a focus on career planning when searching for roles. An overwhelming majority (87%) say they primarily look for work in sectors with long-term job prospects.

The increased confidence of jobseekers means that only 21% will go for “any job going”, down from 35% in 2013.

Totaljobs.com website director Ian Burke called the report a sign of a “power shift from employers to candidates”.

“As a result, we’re now beginning to see the balance of power shift from employers to candidates. Today’s jobseekers are not just looking for any job, but for a job that will help them progress their career,” he said.

“Employers must work hard to attract candidates by investing in staff development and benefits packages to entice people.”