Employment highest since 1971

Employment highest level since 1971
The annual increase in the number of people in work was almost entirely due to more people in full-time employment
  • 32.6 million people in work
  • 444,000 more people in work than a year earlier
  • Average weekly earnings increase 1.2%

The employment rate for October to December 2018 was the joint-highest since 1971 according to the latest ONS figures.

An estimated 32.6 million people were in work, 167,000 more than for July to September 2018 and 444,000 more than a year earlier.

The increased employment rate of 75.8% was almost entirely due to more people in full time employment, representing 96% of new jobs. An estimated 844,000 people were in zero-hours contracts in their main job; 57,000 fewer than a year earlier.

For December 2018, average pay (excluding bonuses), before tax and other deductions was £495 per week (not adjusted for price inflation), up from £480 per week for a year earlier.