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Canadians feeling safer about their jobs

Nearly half of Canadian workers feel safe in their jobs as the countrybegins to slowly recover from one of the worst recessions in history, anew poll suggests.

Nearly half of Canadian workers feel safe in their jobs as the country begins to slowly recover from one of the worst recessions in history, a new poll suggests.

The Labour Day poll commissioned by online job search firm monster.ca shows 46 per cent of Canadian workers feel they have more job security today than they did a year ago.

The feeling increased among public sector workers, with 53 per cent feeling secure with their employment compared with 42 per cent of private sector workers.

The survey of about 1,000 Canadians conducted by the Harris-Decima polling company, showed that 38 per cent of all workers felt less secure in their current employment compared to this time last year, when the economy was starting to weaken ahead of the recession, which began in the 2008 October-December quarter.

The survey, conducted in mid-August, also found that 88 per cent of Canadians were satisfied with their current job situation.

“Although we've seen daily reports of layoffs and plant closures, Canadians are feeling pretty good about how they make a living,” said Peter Gilfillan, general manager of Monster Canada.

“Anxiety levels seem to be going down, and that's really encouraging.”

Besides providing fresh data on Canadian attitudes, such surveys are a popular promotional tool for Canadian companies, who use public opinion polls to gauge consumer thinking and to promote specific brands to ordinary Canadians. Banks and mutual fund companies have long used such surveys to make consumers aware of financial products and services.

Monster Canada spokesman Robert Waghorn said some workers may feel confident their job is secure because the company has already made any necessary cuts.

“Maybe their companies are so thin that people feel secure in their current positions,” he said.

 
 
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