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CITY VIEWS: IS THE CITY MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT THE JOB MARKET?

<strong>SAM LUKES </strong>ALLIANCE &amp; LEICESTER<br />&ldquo; I think it&rsquo;s definitely a lot more confident. Clients are not asking for redundancy cover, and making moves towards more optimistic investments. I feel relatively secure in my job. I think where big bank mergers have happened losses will still come, but all the major bank job cuts I think have happened.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>NICK STAMP </strong>ROYAL BANK OF CANADA<br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not under that much pressure, and feel relatively secure. Maybe that&rsquo;s because I work for one of the more solid banks. I think the atmosphere is a bit more confident though. In certain areas banks are still recruiting. I know people who have recently been employed by RBS; banks still need certain skilled people.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>ROBIN STRONG </strong>TRADER<br />&ldquo;I think the market is probably a bit more confident. There&rsquo;s definitely some parts of the City which are faring better than others, but some have been terribly hit. I think the big cuts have now been made. The British always overreact and I think businesses have scaled back for the worst-case scenario.&rdquo;