Record 345,000 rise in employment

09:38 11 June 2014

Unemployment. Photo:: Martin Rickett

Unemployment. Photo:: Martin Rickett

Employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April but Britain’s workers were squeezed by a dramatic slowdown in pay growth, official figures showed today.

The number of people in work stood at 30.54 million, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), after a rise which was the highest since records began in 1971.

It means 780,000 jobs have been added since a year earlier, the biggest annual rise since 1989.

But pay growth for the period slowed to 0.7pc, a sharp fall on last month’s figure of 1.7pc, blunting hopes of a return to a period of real-terms pay growth.

The increase was well below the latest inflation rate of 1.8pc, meaning the cost of living is still going up more quickly than pay packets.

This slowdown in total pay was largely accounted for by bonuses, which fell sharply compared with a period last year when in many cases they were deferred to April as tax changes were introduced.

But regular pay growth also slowed, to 0.9pc from 1.3pc.

Unemployment fell by 161,000 to 2.16 million, with the jobless rate dropping to 6.6pc.


  • If there had been sensible immigration over the past decades everyone would have a job and a proper home, the workshy can rot.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • Sorry. it should read "Statistics".

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    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • I am not saying they shouldnt, just that these courses etc distort figures. We should have proper stastics that give the breakdown of people who found work, people on courses, people who are subjected to peanalties etc. At the moment the 345,000 figure looks like it is people who have found proper work (and the MP's believe all this. Just watch them start crawling out of the woodwork now)

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    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • And why shouldn't those that have taken advantage of our very generous benefits system for a period of time, not be forced onto training courses or be subject to penalties if they don't make the effort to obtain employment?

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    Norfolk John

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

  • "Employment rose by a record 345,000 in the three months to April....." (1) How many of these have been forced onto courses where they do not count as being unemployed ?. (2) How many of these have been forced into self employment (3) How many of these have been subjected to penalties where they are taken off the unemployment register ?. A breakdown of the figure of 345,000 is required

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