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Firms 'optimistic about employment in 2008'

Published: Wednesday, 02 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Companies are optimistic about the employment opportunities for 2008, according to the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Brendan Barber says the year ahead looks bright for the employment market despite the fears over the current economic climate, which could be good news for students looking for graduate jobs.

"Employment remains at record levels and businesses say they are optimistic for the year ahead," Barber said in his New Year message to union members.

He also said that the main worry for the next year was the government's threats to cut wages in the public sector, saying: "Public servants have already suffered a cut in their living standards this year. But the government is planning a further three years of reduced living standards. The arguments for doing this do not stack up, and the risks are big."

The TUC has 66 affiliated unions which represent almost seven million people.

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