b'National Employment Rates as of Autumn 2019We are pleased to report that the UK employmentUK Unemployment Ratesmarket has remained very strong this year, with the unemployment rate at its lowest in over fourBy the end of Autumn 2019, the National decades. There is a record number of people in workUnemployment Rate was just 3.9% of the working and greater opportunities than ever for young peoplepopulation, representing a total of 1,314,000 people. entering the job market. This was good news as it is 3.6% (49,000) lower However, whether solely down to Brexit uncertaintythan at the same time last year. This number has or not, prospects for 2020 are slightly morefluctuated a little over the past 12 months, with a muted. The ONS are predicting a slight increaseslight reduction in unemployment recorded in May in unemployment in the last quarter of 2019 and2019, rising over the past few months to thegenerally slower growth prospects next year. Withcurrent figure.further delays to the Brexit deadline now pushing proceedings into the New Year and beyond, it isTotal Employment understandable that both employers and jobseekers are approaching the market with a little morePermanent Employmentcaution at this time. The total UK workforce shrank by 0.2% in Q2 (June-August 2019), compared to the previous The British are renowned for their keep calm andquarter, with the total number in employment being carry on mentality and we have certainly noticed32,693,000. This did however, represent an increase that throughout the year, with most of our clientsof 0.9% on the total number of people employed this keen to continue to push on and get recruitmenttime last year, meaning an additional 282,000 people done. Whether this attitude will change next yearcurrently in permanent work.remains to be seen, but all of the indicators would suggest that 2020 will simply continue the trendsTemporary Employmentseen this year.The actual number of people in temporary work has decreased over the past 12 months, from 1,522,000 in August 2018, to 1,398,000 in August 2019, representing a drop of 8.1%. This is the first time that the number of people in temporary work has dropped below 1.4 million since August 2008. 2'