The majority of workers in the Tokyo metropolitan are anxious about their employment future but are also confident in their current job situation, according to a survey released Monday by a job information and placement company.

The survey, conducted by Recruit Co., found that 54 percent of workers are anxious about the status of their jobs. By age group, respondents in their 30s had the highest level of anxiety — 59 percent.

Of all respondents, 67 percent said they have confidence in their company and feel their current jobs are secure and protected. The figures stood at 61 percent for those in their early 30s and more than 70 percent for those over 45.

According to company officials in charge of the survey, such contradictory findings — where respondents express both unease and confidence in their employment status — may be a “reflection of the workers’ wavering feelings.”

Meanwhile, the survey also found that 40 percent of those polled are willing to switch jobs, while 35 percent would rather be self-employed.

The No. 1 reason cited for wanting to change jobs is dissatisfaction over salary, at 35 percent, followed by concern over future job postings within the company and the physical and mental stress involved in the current job.

The company surveyed about 13,000 regular, temporary and part-time employees who were working in the metropolitan area last year.

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