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Bleak prospeds

17th January 1987
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

U Job prospects in the transport industry look bleak for the first quarter of this year, with 13% of employers in the industry looking to cut their staff, and only 8% expecting an increase.

Current job prospects are marginally worse than this time last year, when 18% of employers forecast job cuts, but 18% forecast increases.

The figures, which are contained within a survey by contract driving company Overdrive, also show the continuing seasonal nature of employment in the transport business. In the last quarter of 1986, 33% of transport employers planned increases and only 3% planned job cuts. Employment opportunities in the transport industry look considerably worse than in the rest of British industry. Around 19% of all employers expect to increase their staffs in the next three months, whilst 13% expect job cuts. This represents a positive balance of 6% of all employers who expect to take on workers in the first quarter. In the transport industry there is 3 negative balance of 5';.


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