// Employers have added a record 241,000 staff to their payrolls in August
// This is above the level recorded in February last year
New research has shown that employers have added a record 241,000 staff to their payrolls in August, taking the total number of payroll employees to 29.1 million.
This is above the level recorded in February last year just before the UK went into the first Covid-19 lockdown.
However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has warned that the recovery in the jobs market remained uneven with the number of workers in hard-hit areas such as London and sectors like hospitality well below pre-pandemic levels.
The number of job vacancies between June to August this year stood at 1.03 million, the ONS reported.
This marked the first time vacancies have risen over a million since records began.
Meanwhile, unemployment slipped to 4.6 per cent in the three months to the end of July, down from 4.7 per cent in line with City expectations.