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Number of payrolled workers in UK surges above pre-pandemic level

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Number of payrolled workers in UK surges above pre-pandemic level

The number of workers in Britain on corporate payrolls rose by more than 120,000 above pre-pandemic levels after a record jump in September, with vacancies also remaining above one million for the second consecutive month, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of salaried workers increased by 207,000 between August and September to a record 29.2 million.

This was 122,000 more than previously seen levels before the pandemic struck in February 2020.

The data also showed another record quarterly jump in job openings, up 1.1 million between July and September.

Britain’s recovery in the labor market saw the unemployment rate drop to 4.5% between June and August, the ONS added.

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the ONS, said: “The labor market has continued to recover from the effects of the coronavirus, with the number of employees on the payroll in September now well above pre-employment levels. pandemic.

Job vacancies also hit a new one-month high in September, at nearly 1.2 million, with our latest estimates suggesting that all industries have at least as many jobs on offer today as they did before the start of the year. Covid-19. “

Source: NAN

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