Almost half the country's working population are afraid they might lose their jobs, while two-thirds are concerned they do not have the right skills to switch industry, research from Gumtree revealed.
Due to the latest unemployment data from the Office for National Statistics showing eight per cent of the population are without a job, only 11 per cent of those surveyed said they are 'very confident' about keeping their post.
If they were to face the prospect of redundancy, 49 per cent of those polled said they would not have the right qualifications to go into a new field.
Sam Taylor from Gumtree said: "The study shows working Brits are feeling the strain and increased pressure to keep their jobs.
"The prospect of finding a job can be daunting and jobseekers in 2011 will undoubtedly have to take a savvy approach."
Recent research by international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer revealed that companies are currently concerned that the government's decision to phase out the default retirement age could hamper job creation.
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Source: Salespeak News