The UK kept adding jobs in the three months to February as the country’s robust labour market shrugged off the political turmoil in Westminster.

There were 179,000 more people in work during the three months to the end of February compared to the previous three months, leaving the employment rate at a joint-record high of 76.1 per cent.

Average weekly wages, including bonuses, were 3.5 per cent higher during the three months than they were a year earlier. Excluding bonuses, average wages were 3.4 per cent higher.

ONS deputy head of labour market statistics Matt Hughes said:

“The jobs market remains robust, with the number of people in work continuing to grow. The increase over the past year is all coming from full-timers, both employees and the self-employed.

“Earnings have now been growing ahead of inflation for over a year but, in real terms, wage levels have not yet returned to their pre-downturn peak.”


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