The number of people in work in the UK fell by 73 thousand on quarter to 32.43 million in the three months to February 2021, less than forecasts of a 150 thousand drop. Year-on-year, employment declined by 643,000, the largest annual decrease since May to July 2009. The levels of employment had generally been increasing since early 2012, largely driven by an increase in the employment for women. However, there has been a decrease since December 2019 to February 2020, coinciding with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. source: Office for National Statistics

Employment Change in the United Kingdom averaged 39.28 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 May 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
-73.00 -147.00 311.00 -334.00 1971 - 2021 Thousand Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-01-26 07:00 AM Oct -88K -144K -100K -160K
2021-02-23 07:00 AM Nov -114K -88K -30K -40K
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 -73K
2021-06-15 06:00 AM Mar
2021-07-15 06:00 AM Apr
2021-08-17 06:00 AM May


News Stream
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
Employment in the UK Continues to Fall
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 88,000 on quarter to 32.5 million in the three months to November of 2020, lower than forecasts of a 100 thousand fall. Still, it dropped by 398 thousand from a year earlier which is the largest annual decrease since December 2009 to February 2010, as the country was under another coronavirus lockdown during the month.
2021-01-26
Employment in the UK Falls Less than Expected
The number of people in work in the UK fell by 144,000 on quarter to 32.52 million in the three months to October of 2020, lower than forecasts of a 250 thousand fall. Still, it dropped by 280 thousand from a year earlier which is the largest annual decrease since January to March 2010. It was mainly driven by men in employment, the self-employed and part-time workers, but was partly offset by an increase in full-time employees. Since February 2020, the number of payroll employees has fallen by 819,000; however, the larger falls were seen at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-12-15

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.