Almost one in five workers fears losing his or her job this year, an online survey has found.
The Business Council for Sustainable Development, which commissioned the survey, says the results show that this week's emergency jobs summit has come at the right time.
Chief executive Peter Neilson says the findings send a signal to the jobs summit that people in the transport and construction sectors are most anxious.
The survey drew a response from nearly 3,000 people, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8%.
'Too many staff'
Meanwhile, a survey by Business New Zealand, released before Friday's jobs summit, has revealed that a third of companies say they have too many staff.
The survey asked nearly 650 companies about staff, credit and skill shortages.
About 90% of respondents said they intended to keep trainees or apprentices despite the worsening economic situation.