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ONS Commentary From totaljobs

Totaljobs’ Director, John Salt comments

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“The fact that the UK’s unemployment rate has once again fallen - despite the uncertainty caused by the General Election - is testament to the robustness of the job market.

“This is the latest triumph for the UK job market, which has proved its metal in the face of great change these past twelve months.  Brexit, a change in Prime Minister and a snap election has done little to halt consistently positive numbers for UK unemployment.

“Our most recent Totaljobs Employment Index showed that jobs were up 9% year-on-year in May and up 5% when comparing the last three months with the same period last year. Certain sectors have done particularly well in the last twelve months. The Catering & Hospitality sector, for example, is up 57% year-on-year, a remarkable rate of growth by any estimate.

“As we watch to see how the newly formed government will fair in the Brexit negotiations, continued flexibility is important for candidates and employers alike as we all get used to our new circumstances. In the next 12 months, employment policies that encourage businesses to keep on hiring will be more important than ever in sustaining our falling unemployment rate.”