UK employers have hired more people over the three months to July than at any point since 1989, according to the latest report from the Office for National Statistics.
The employment rate rose 0.4 per cent to 70.7 per cent over the quarter, an increase of 286,000 and the largest since the three months to May 1989.
Employment numbers have risen 301,000 on the year but are still 345,000 lower than two years previously.
However, the increase in the past quarter was chiefly driven by an influx of part-time workers, indicating employers may still be nervous about hiring permanent staff.
The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance also went up 2,300 between July and August, in the first monthly increase since January.
The earnings growth rate for the quarter was an annualised 1.8 per cent, well below the rate of inflation.