Opinion: Confidence returning

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Five thousand jobs is some early Christmas present for the Sheffield City Region.

OK, so the jobs announced today, at Meadowhall and in Shreffield city centre, are temporary posts for the run-up to the festive season, but it really is the positive news that we so desperately need.

Jingling tills and bustling shopping malls are a real sign of recovery.

Retailers are expecting a bumper Christmas – unlike the last few years where sales have been disappointing and the discounting has started well before the presents have been wrapped.

Meadowhall expects to take on 2,000 extra staff, the most it has ever employed as Christmas temps.

There is a confidence out there that we are turning the corner and that people are secure enough in their jobs to start spending again.

As to the jobs themselves, some would dismiss temporary retail work as insignificant in the bigger employment picture, but for many the chance to work will make a big difference to families struggling to make ends meet, let alone fund festive celebrations.

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