JOB prospects for the North West have fallen to their lowest level in two years, a survey has concluded.
The North West jobs Outlook dropped seven percentage points on last quarter according to workforce business Manpower - to 0 per cent compared to the national average of plus four per cent.
The survey is based on responses from 2,101 UK employers and asks them whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.
It claims to be the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind and is used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.
Manpower operations manager Greg Hollis said: “The jobs Outlook reveals a challenging picture for jobseekers in the North West.
“The drop in hiring intentions is driven in part by the public sector, where confidence has slipped nationwide following the Government’s renewed commitment to cuts.
“The North West, the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside together employ the greatest proportion of public sector workers in England, so it follows that recruitment in these regions is bearing the brunt of public sector pessimism.
“We are also seeing a marked divide between job prospects across the north and those in London – a clear sign that the Government’s plans to rebalance the economy through the creation of a Northern Powerhouse have so far failed to ignite.
“While the overall Outlook in the North West has dropped off since last quarter, those with the right skills are finding opportunities.”