City Views | Are you feeling more optimistic about this year than last year?

CHRISTIAN MAHOOD
DEFINITIVE CONSULTING

I would say I am cautiously optimistic. For some reason the markets seem to be filled with renewed optimism right now. As a headhunter, you know it is tough times when people move jobs constantly, and at the moment that is not happening.

BARRY CLARKE
HCCI

It is looking a lot better now than a year ago. I deliver IT services to investment banks and stock exchanges, and at this point last year I was employed on a week-to-week basis because of uncertainty, whereas now I get phone calls everyday.

STEVEN WRIGHT
SAPPHIRE SYSTEMS

A bit more optimistic. I work as an IT specialist and our customers are banks and financial institutions, and I sense that a lot of the budget caps on IT spending have been removed. That is definitely a good sign, and I am a lot more upbeat than last year.