UK companies on hiring spree in June as unemployment falls

UK firms have been on a hiring spree since Covid restrictions have relaxed and the country gets back to normal, new data shows.

The number of employees on company payrolls surged by 356,000 in June from May, the biggest increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the latest Office for National Statistics figures, the rise in hires was driven by hospitality and retail businesses, who have been trying to claw back lost sales due to the Covid crisis.

There was also a 72,000 rise in jobs in administration and support services.

However, the number of Brits on payrolls is still 200,000 down from pre-Covid levels, the ONS said.

More jobs were on offer between April and June as well, the data shows.

Job vacancies were up 38.8% compared to the previous three months, with the largest number of roles up for grabs in arts, entertainment and recreation businesses.

The UK's double unemployment nudged down to 4.8% – slightly lower than the previous quarter.

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the Office for National Statistics, said: "The labour market is continuing to recover, with the number of employees on payroll up again strongly in June.

"However it is still over 200,000 down on pre-pandemic levels, while a large number of workers remain on furlough."

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