The number of people in work in the United Kingdom increased by 32,000 on the quarter to a record high of 32.75 million in the three months to April 2019, beating market expectations of a 10,000 gain. The increase in employment was driven by women whose numbers increased by 60,000 to a record high of 15.46 million, while the number of employed men fell by 27,000 to 17.29 million. If unpaid family workers and those on government-supported training programmes are excluded, people in employment can be categorised as employees or as self-employed. The number of self-employed workers increased by 74,000 to 4.91 million, as the number of self-employed men increased by 47,000 to 3.29 million and that of women increased by 28,000 to 1.62 million. The number of employees fell by 38,000 to 27.67 million, driven by the fall in the number of men, which reduced by 80,000 on the quarter to 13.92 million. The number of women increased by 42,000 to 13.75 million over the same period. Employment Change in the United Kingdom averaged 42.46 Thousand from 1971 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 311 Thousand in March of 2014 and a record low of -279 Thousand in May of 2009.
Employment Change in the United Kingdom is expected to be 85.00 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 125.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Employment Change is projected to trend around 50.00 Thousand in 2020, according to our econometric models.