DRAGON’S Den star James Caan said 2011 would create job opportunities – despite predictions of a 17-year high in unemployment.
Mr Caan, whose business interests include recruitment, said that jobs in some traditional industries would decline, but that there would be growth in other sectors such as renewable energy, healthcare and electronics.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development predicts that unemployment will reach a 17-year high of 2.7m in 2011.
It estimates that 120,000 jobs will be lost in the public sector and another 80,000 in private industry.
Mr Caan, best known for his appearances on BBC TV’s Dragon’s Den, said the CIPD prediction was “obviously deeply disappointing”.
But he added: “It is important that job seekers do not get dispirited. I firmly believe that the next 12 months will create exciting employment opportunities.”