Boris Johnson bounce as employment hits record high with 180,000 more people in work

BRITAIN enjoyed an employment bounce last year with the number of people in work reaching a record high.

UK employment jumped by 180,000 in the three months to December, reaching a massive 32.93 million.

 Boris Johnson has enjoyed bumper employment figures


Boris Johnson has enjoyed bumper employment figuresCredit: AFP

The Office for National Statistics figures revealed more women entered employment in the quarter, rising by 150,000.

Britain’s employment surge led to the highest figure on record, soaring even higher than analysts had predicted.

However, the increase in employment came as wage growth continued to stall.

The surge in employment resulted in the highest figure on record and was higher than analysts had predicted, with a rise of 160,000 initially forecast.

Myrto Miltiadou, ONS deputy head of labour market statistics, said: “Employment has continued its upward trend, with the rate nudging up to another record high.

“In particular, the number of women working full-time grew strongly over the past year.”

Employment Minister Mims Davies said: “As we embark on a new chapter as an independent nation outside the EU, we do so with a record-breaking jobs market and business confidence on the rise.

“With wages still outpacing inflation, UK workers can expect their money to go further as we look ahead to a decade of renewal.

“The upcoming Budget will steer us on that course, further driving our levelling up agenda – so we can all share in the country’s prosperity.”

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