TOTAL EMPLOYMENT – PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY
Notable changes in the UK workforce in the quarter July–September include an increase in the number of temporary workers. This has increased up to 95,000 year on year to 1.7 million. All of the net increase, and more, came from those stating that they they did not want a permanent job. Conversely, self-employed numbers, whilst up 279,000 year on year, were down 88,000 against the previous quarter, largely as a result of fewer part-time self-employed.
UNEMPLOYMENT AND CLAIMANT NUMBERS
Both the UK unemployment number for July–September and the claimant count for October showed further declines. The unemployment rate now stands at 6.0%, still significantly lower than the all EU average of 10.1% (September 2014). Youth unemployment (aged 16–24) fell to 16.2%, down from 21.1% a year earlier. But this is still higher than its pre-downturn trough of 13.8% in December 2007–February 2008.