Jobseekers in the UK remain positive despite reports of a labour market slowdown, it has been suggested.

According to figures produced by the Hotonline Network, 84 per cent of 1,685 candidates questioned feel they are either more likely or equally as likely to find a job this year as they were in 2007.

It was also found that 40 per cent of the survey respondents expect to achieve a promotion within the next year, with eight per cent hoping to do so in their current job and 32 per cent with a new employer.

Commenting on the findings, Andy Baker, group director of Trinity Mirror Digital Recruitment, said: "Whilst reports show that certain industry sectors have felt the effects of the credit crunch over the last few months, this doesn’t mean there are [fewer] jobs around and our survey shows jobseekers are remaining confident about their career prospects for 2008."

In less positive recruitment industry news, however, the latest Monster Employment Index revealed that online recruitment activity fell by five points in March.