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ONS commentary from totaljobs

By totaljobs’ HR Director, David Clift

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“Today’s fall in the unemployment rate is the latest testament to the strength of the UK’s job market. It is particularly encouraging to see such growth in April to June, one year on from the referendum, and at a time when we may well reflect on how the vote has impacted jobs to date.

“As a nod to just how well the job market is currently performing, and to put the figures in context, the last time the UK’s unemployment rate was this low, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ was debuting in cinemas. Since then, ‘Jaws 2’, ‘Jaws 3-D’ and ‘Jaws: The Revenge’ have all been released, to mixed acclaim.

“Looking ahead, there is cause for continued optimism. Having repeatedly defied fears of increased unemployment in the wake of political turmoil, the job market has remained robust.

“Earlier this week, a survey of more than 1,000 firms by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that firms across the UK expect further increases in employment.

“Data from totaljobs echoes this optimism, with certain sectors performing particularly well. Catering and hospitality vacancies, for example, have seen 68% YoY growth in July, Public Sector and Services have seen 38% growth and Not for Profit/Charities roles have seen 25% growth – employers are continuing to hire.”