The number of people in work in the UK rose by 113 thousand on quarter to 32.49 million in the three months to April 2021, missing market forecasts of a 150 thousand increase. The quarterly increase in employment was mainly driven by an increase in the number of full-time employees. This was partly offset by a decrease in female employees working part-time. The number of self-employed people also decreased, which was driven by men. The employment rate was estimated at 75.2 percent, 1.4 percentage points lower than before the pandemic, but 0.2 percentage points higher than the November-January period. source: Office for National Statistics

Employment Change in the United Kingdom averaged 39.48 Thousand from 1971 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 311 Thousand in March of 2014 and a record low of -334 Thousand in May of 2020. This page provides - United Kingdom Employment Change- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Employment Change - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Employment Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 36.00 Thousand by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Employment Change in the United Kingdom to stand at 75.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Employment Change is projected to trend around 30.00 Thousand in 2022 and 25.00 Thousand in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Employment Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
113.00 83.00 311.00 -334.00 1971 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-03-23 07:00 AM Dec -147K -114K -167K -140K
2021-04-20 06:00 AM Jan -73K -147K -150K -120K
2021-05-18 06:00 AM Feb 84K -73K 50K -42K
2021-06-15 06:00 AM Mar 113K 83K 150K 145K
2021-07-15 06:00 AM Apr 113K
2021-08-17 06:00 AM May
2021-09-14 06:00 AM Jun
2021-10-12 06:00 AM Jul


News Stream
UK Employment Rises Less than Forecast
The number of people in work in the UK rose by 113 thousand on quarter to 32.49 million in the three months to April 2021, missing market forecasts of a 150 thousand increase. The quarterly increase in employment was mainly driven by an increase in the number of full-time employees. This was partly offset by a decrease in female employees working part-time. The number of self-employed people also decreased, which was driven by men. The employment rate was estimated at 75.2 percent, 1.4 percentage points lower than before the pandemic, but 0.2 percentage points higher than the November-January period.
2021-06-15
Employment in the UK Rises for 1st Time in the Pandemic Era
The number of people in work in the UK rose by 84 thousand on quarter to 32.47 million in the three months to March 2021, beating forecasts of a 50 thousand rise. It is the first increase in employment since the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy hard, and mainly due to an increase in the number of full-time employees which was partly offset by a decrease in part-time workers and self-employed people.
2021-05-18
Employment in the UK Continues to Decline
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 147,000 on quarter to 32.37 million in the three months to January of 2021, but less than forecasts of a 167 thousand fall. Compared to the same period a year ago the employment dropped by 611 thousand, the most since May to July 2009 as 438,000 jobs were lost among men and 173,000 among women - the largest drop since December 1991 to February 1992.
2021-03-23
British Employment Falls for 2nd Month
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 114,000 on quarter to 32.39 million in the three months to December of 2020, much more than forecasts of a 30 thousand fall. Still, it dropped by 541 thousand from a year earlier which is the largest annual decrease since May to July 2009 as the country was under another coronavirus lockdown during the month. The fall was mainly driven by men although there was also an annual decrease for women; only the second since January to March 2012.
2021-02-23

United Kingdom Employment Change
In the United Kingdom, employment change refers to the 3-month moving average compared to the previous period in the number of people in employment aged 16 and over.