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John Salt, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Totaljobs Group

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“It’s great to see to unemployment continue to fall, with the job market finishing strongly in what was a turbulent year in many ways.

“Our most recent Totaljobs Employment Index also reflected the strength of the job market, with applications up 11% in the last three months of 2016 compared to the three months’ prior (July, August and September). Applications were also up 25% compared to October, November and December in 2015.

“We know the job market remained resilient throughout 2016 and as we await the first figures for 2017, employers can take comfort in the fact that there is a healthy pool of candidates available. The job market has thus far been largely unaffected by the drama unfolding all around it, but for it to stay that way, we urge the government to continue working with businesses in a constructive way that allows them to keep on hiring.

“In her speech yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May sounded a positive note in outlining her vision for a “truly global” post-Brexit Britain. Her comments that EU negotiations must align with the Government’s industrial strategy and investment in economic infrastructure will be particularly reassuring for employers.”