Workers more secure about jobs: Survey

While Ontarians show biggest jump in feelings of security, they also worry about another recession

While the economy might not be fully recovered, Canadians are feeling more secure in their jobs now than they were one year ago, according to a new survey.

The second annual Labour Day poll by online job board Monster.ca found 57 per cent of 1,008 survey respondents feel they more secure in their jobs compared to last year. Just 29 per cent feel less secure.

Last year's survey found only 46 per cent of those surveyed felt more secure in their jobs, and 38 per cent less secure.

"We're seeing much higher comfort levels than we did a year ago," said Peter Gilfillan, senior vice-president of international sales and general manager of Monster Canada. "Canadians are satisfied with their jobs and are feeling more secure, although many are still a little uneasy about the economy."

Canadians living in Manitoba and Saskatchewan enjoy the highest feeling of job security at 69 per cent.

Ontario saw the biggest improvement in job security, with 55 per cent of Ontarians saying they are more confident in their job security this year compared to 41 per cent last year.

Across the rest of the country, 63 per cent of Quebecers, 56 per cent of Albertans, 54 per cent of people living in Atlantic Canada, and 52 per cent of those in B.C. feel more secure about their jobs now than they did a year ago.

However, 46 per cent of respondents think Canada will slide into another recession next year. The fear factor is highest in Ontario and B.C. at 52 per cent and the lowest in Manitoba and Saskatchewan where only 35 per cent are worried about another recession.

Even with worries about the economy, Canadians still place a premium on work-life balance, with 82 per cent of respondents saying they'd take a pay cut to guarantee a job with work-life balance.

When asked what's most important in their job, 34 per cent said work-life balance is most important.

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