32.60 million people were in employment in October-December 2018. Employment was up 167,000 from the previous quarter and up 444,000 from the year before.
The employment rate (the proportion of the population aged 16-64 in work) was 75.8%, up from 75.6% in the previous quarter. This is the joint highest rate since comparable records began in 1971. It compares to a post-recession low of 70.1% in July-September 2011.
15.31 million women were in work, an increase of 78,000 from the previous quarter and 188,000 more than a year ago. The female employment rate was 71.4%.
Increases in the rate over recent years are partly due to changes to the State Pension age for women.
17.29 million men were in work, 89,000 more than the previous quarter and 255,000 more than a year ago. The male employment rate was 80.3%.
24.04 million people were working full-time, up 108,000 from the previous quarter and up 426,000 from a year ago.
Part-time employment was up 59,000 from the previous quarter and up 17,000 from the year before at 8.56 million.
There was an increase in self-employment, up 80,000 from the previous quarter and 63,000 from the year before to 4.84 million. The number of people working as employees was up 80,000 from the quarter before and up 415,000 from the year before to 27.59 million.
1.55 million people were employed on a temporary basis, up 38,000 from the previous quarter and up 16,000 from a year ago.
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