UK employment falls by biggest amount in over a decade

Employment in the UK fell by the largest amount in over a decade between April and June, official figures show.

According to the Office for National Statistics, employment decreased by 220,000 in the quarter.


The deputy national statistician at the ONS Jonathan Athow, told the BBC that the groups of people most affected are younger workers, 24 and under, or older workers and those in more routine or less skilled jobs.


"This is concerning, as it's harder for these groups to find a new job or get into a job as easily as other workers."


How bad is this likely to get?

From restaurants to retailers, scores of UK businesses are already planning job cuts with 140,000 redundancies announced in June alone.

According to the ONS, the number of average hours worked continued to fall in April-June, reaching record lows both on the year and on the quarter.

The number of people on zero-hours contracts also increased to more than one million.

"Early indicators for July 2020 suggest that the number of employees in the UK on payrolls is down around 730,000 compared with March 2020," said the ONS.

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