Employees are becoming increasingly concerned about the security of their jobs and the possibility of being made redundant.
That is according to a survey of 5,000 employees undertaken by Jobsite.co.uk, an online recruitment company.
The survey revealed that a fifth of employees are worried about being made redundant because of the recession and one in eight employees are hesitant about moving from their current position.
Commenting on the results of the survey, Keith Potts, chief executive of Jobsite.co.uk, said: "Although many people are worried about their current employment prospects, others are actually feeling confident. This reflects the jobs market as we see it."
He added that the survey results suggested that the outlook of employees is not "uniformly bleak".
Mr Potts suggested that while some industry sectors had been badly affected by the recession, others were still actively recruiting.
Employees at Jaguar Land Rover recently voted in favour of a scheme to secure jobs, which saw them agree to a four-day week and a year-long pay freeze to avoid redundancies.