The UK Government is promoting the country as ‘open for business’ and with economic growth outperforming most other European countries, there has been little sign of any slowdown despite the ongoing Brexit negotiations. As of Autumn 2018, the national employment rate - the proportion of people between 16-64  (working age) in employment sits at 75.6% of the population, a total of around 32,394,000 people. This has increased from 74.8% of the same demographic in 2017 and represents the highest rate of employment since comparable records began in 1971. The number of people in work has remained fairly static throughout the year, with only a 5,000 increase since the spring. Year on year, the total number has increased and seems to be driven by not only a noticeable increase in permanent employment (up 480,000 since 2017), but a fall in the numbers of self-employed (down by 94,000/1.9%) and Agency workers (down by 79,000/4.9%). This would suggest that people could be looking towards the security of permanent employment and that due to economic growth, the job vacancies have been created to absorb these numbers. The national unemployment rate was 4% (representing 1.36m people) among working-age people as of August 2018. This number has fallen by 47,000 since the spring and is 79,000 lower than 12 months ago. These figures reveal that the UK is currently enjoying record employment, which is good news for jobseekers. However, a strong labour market can create shortages of available candidates and most businesses have observed greater difficulties when recruiting in 2018. * Statistics supplied by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT RATES AS OF AUTUMN 2018 2