A survey of more than 2,000 people conducted by Ipsos MORI found that the UK economy is the biggest contributor to jobs in the world and that people in London are the most likely to be in work.
The survey found that nearly two-thirds of those surveyed (65%) said that people should be getting more jobs, while just 22% said they should be cutting back on jobs.
But when asked to select the number one job in the country, respondents were far more likely to choose the number two job, as this was the second-most important job.
But when it came to the number 1 job in England, respondents gave the UK second place to Japan and Sweden, with Italy second and the US third.
It comes as a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May who has repeatedly warned that Britain’s economy is being put in jeopardy by the rise of China and the loss of jobs to China.
The survey showed that people are more optimistic than ever about the UK’s future and that the economy is growing in line with the national average.
But people still feel insecure about the quality of their jobs, with 43% of respondents saying they are insecure about jobs.
More: The survey also found that 52% of people said that their job was a “very important” or “quite important” job, up from 45% a year ago.
But when asked which of the three major sectors were the most important in the economy, people said the UK was the biggest in the food and drink sector, with food, drinks and tobacco accounting for a quarter of all jobs.
However, people in England are also most likely in favour of the Government’s new ‘jobs first’ policy, which is set to see more people on lower wages.
“People are more likely now to want a stronger economy, with people more likely than ever before to say that the jobs of the future will not be the ones where people work full-time,” the survey said.
“This is reflected in an increase in confidence in the jobs in these sectors, with more people saying that they want a strong economy where people can make a living and earn more money.”
This is in contrast to a year earlier, where people were more worried about the future of their job.
“These results suggest that the Government has a strong track record of supporting businesses in their transition to a higher wage-to-salary ratio and in promoting a stronger UK economy, while also offering the potential to help support the creation of new jobs.”
More: More than two-fifths of respondents (64%) said they would like the UK to be a leader in the global economy and the government is likely to deliver on this, according to Ipsos.
The survey also asked people if they were confident in their country’s ability to deliver a strong future.
The results showed that more people felt that the world is on the right track, with 61% saying they were very confident in the future and 29% saying that the country was on the wrong track. More…