The number of people in work in the UK fell by 12,000 on quarter to 32.98 million in the three months to July of 2020, compared to forecasts of a 125 thousand fall. Still, it marks the 3rd straight decrease, bringing the total to 358 thousand job losses since the coronavirus pandemic started although the government’s furlough scheme, under which it subsidizes wages, prevented further job cuts. Men in employment increased by 22,000, while women in employment decreased by 34,000. The small quarterly decrease in employment was the result of large decreases in employment for young and older workers (people aged 16 to 24 years and those aged 65 years and over), the self-employed and part-time workers being almost completely offset by increases in employment for workers aged 25 to 64 years and full-time employees.

Employment Change in the United Kingdom averaged 42.55 Thousand from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 311 Thousand in March of 2014 and a record low of -279 Thousand in May of 2009. 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 September of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Employment Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be -20.00 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 36.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Employment Change is projected to trend around 50.00 Thousand in 2021 and 30.00 Thousand in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Employment Change

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-12.00 -220.00 311.00 -279.00 1971 - 2020 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-06-16 06:00 AM Mar 6K 211K -83K -50K
2020-07-16 06:00 AM Apr -126K 6K -234K -230K
2020-08-11 06:00 AM May -220K -126K -288K -280K
2020-09-15 06:00 AM Jun -12K -220K -125K -120K
2020-10-13 06:00 AM Jul -12K -60K
2020-11-10 07:00 AM Aug -50K
2020-12-15 07:00 AM Sep -20K


News Stream
UK Employment Falls Much Less than Anticipated
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 12,000 on quarter to 32.98 million in the three months to July of 2020, compared to forecasts of a 125 thousand fall. Still, it marks the 3rd straight decrease, bringing the total to 358 thousand job losses since the coronavirus pandemic started although the government’s furlough scheme, under which it subsidizes wages, prevented further job cuts. Men in employment increased by 22,000, while women in employment decreased by 34,000. The small quarterly decrease in employment was the result of large decreases in employment for young and older workers (people aged 16 to 24 years and those aged 65 years and over), the self-employed and part-time workers being almost completely offset by increases in employment for workers aged 25 to 64 years and full-time employees.
2020-09-15
Employment in the UK Drops the Most since 2011
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 126,000 on quarter to 32.948 million in the three months to May of 2020, compared to forecasts of a 234 thousand fall. Still, it is the largest quarterly decrease since July to September 2011, mainly driven by men in employment (down by 100,000 to 17.25 million), workers aged 65 years and over (down by a record 76,000 to 1.31 million), the self-employed (down by a record 178,000 to 4.85 million) and part-time workers (down by 163,000). Full-time employees (up by 177,000) largely offset the decrease.
2020-07-16
UK Economy Unexpectedly Adds 6K Jobs in April
The number of people in work in the UK rose by 6,000 on quarter to a 32.99 million in the three months to April of 2020, beating market expectations of an 83,000 loss. Still, it is the smallest gain in employment since August last year as the UK entered a coronavirus lockdown on March 23rd. Gains were driven by women in employment (up 86,000), workers aged 50 years and over (up 47,000), employees (up 168,000 to 27.93 million), and part-time workers (up 74,000 to 8.60 million). Men in employment (down by 80,000 to 17.25 million) and full-time self-employed workers (down a record 142,000 to 3.41 million) largely offset the increase.
2020-06-16
UK Employment Beats Forecasts
The number of people in work in the UK rose by 211,000 on quarter to a record 33.14 million in the three months to March of 2020, above market expectations of a 50,000 growth. Gains were driven by driven by women in employment (up by 369,000 on the year to a record high of 15.79 million), workers aged above 50 years (up by 313,000 to a record high of 10.76 million) and aged 25 to 34 years (up by 106,000 to a record high of 7.65 million), and full-time employees (up by 344,000 to a record high of 20.91 million).
2020-05-19

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.