Stuart Gentle Publisher at Onrec

Commentary from totaljobs on ONS figures

Unemployment falls

“The continuing fall in the UK’s unemployment rate is testament to a robust job market, which remains strong despite the uncertainty ahead following last month’s snap election.

“We may not know the outcome of the 8th June vote, but resilience in the face of change has been a feature of the job market this past year. Brexit and the shockwaves from across the Atlantic have done little to halt a continued fall in the unemployment rate, which is good news for the next Government.

“Our May Totaljobs Employment Index showed that jobs in a number of sectors are up compared to this time last year - including in catering and hospitality (up 42%), not for profit/charities (up 13%), and the public sector (up 18%).

“But the future is still very much uncertain, and we will have to see what the results of the general election bring. It will be important for both candidates and employers to ensure they are adaptable in the coming months, as each political party will look to improve the outlook in the job market.”