The number of people in East Anglia expected to get jobs over the next three months has fallen, new figures have shown.
Nationally firms say they are going to take people on, but in the East employers are reporting the weakest hiring prospects since 2009.
The UK’s Employment Outlook was published by the recruitment specialist Manpower today (Tuesday March 13).
The survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the sizeof their workforce in the coming months.
The outlook in the East of England has dipped below 0% forthe first time in more than two years.
Nationally there is a rise in confidence in the labour market with an outlook of 2%.
In Londonthe employment outlook is 7% which is well above the national average. The London figures have been boosted by the upcoming Olympic Games.
Manpower UK managing director, Mark Cahill, said: "Although it's too early to say thata full-blown recovery is upon us, it does feel like we're turning a corner whenit comes to the jobs market.
“Businesses that were battening down the hatches in the last quarter appear to be considering taking on staff.
“We've noticed much more flexibility among employers, particularlyin the market for permanent hiring.
“The early signs of optimism are reinforced by other economic statistics of late, which point us away from a double dip recession in the direction of growth - albeit at a slow pace.”