UK unemployment falls to lowest rate in 10 years

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The UK unemployment rate has now fallen to a 10-year low of 5.2%, with 505,000 more people in work than a year ago.

These are amongst a number of notable findings following yesterday’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) release of the latest UK employment data for the period August-October 2015.

Here are the Main Findings from the latest figures for the period August – October 2015:

  • The UK employment rate stands at 73.9%, the highest ever since comparable records began in 1971
  • UK unemployment fell by a substantial 110,000, to 1.71 million
  • The current number of people in employment currently stands at 31.3 million
  • There was a significant rise in EU citizens working in the UK, rising by 324,000.
  • Salaries grew by 2.4%, however at a slower rate than previous months
  • The number of people (aged 16 to 64) who were economically inactive is 21.9%. This rate has not been lower since October to December 1990


The national picture seems to reflect what is happening here in Cherwell, impacting on the job market & recruitment agencies in Banbury and surrounding areas. The latest statistics show that from a working population of 91,000 (aged 16-64) within the district of Cherwell, only 445 people are claiming Job Seekers Allowance. The unemployment rate here is also just 3.3% of the population, down from 3.7% the previous year.

But what are the impacts? With so few people out of work, despite a good number of jobs in Banbury, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to find suitable job candidates. This could potentially lead to a rise in salaries, as the competition between employers grows for the best candidates. Such a situation is reflected in the national statistics, with 2.4% rise in salaries since this time last year

Prospect Personnel are a Recruitment Agency in Banbury. We deal with permanent Part & Full-time jobs in Banbury & the surrounding area.

Please give us a call on 01295 817669 to see how we can help with your job search!

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