KPMG comments on today’s labour market figures - Feb 2022

"Labour market shrugs off temporary weakening in output” says Yael Selfin, Chief Economist at KPMG UK.

Labour market shrugs off temporary weakening in output” says Yael Selfin, Chief Economist

"Latest data show the labour market has withstood the temporary setback triggered by Omicron. Unemployment is expected to fall further in coming months, with strong demand for workers outpacing the gradual return of students and some older workers to the labour market."

“The unemployment rate was little changed in the final quarter of last year, coming in at 4.1%. Early indicators, including Google searches and HR1 redundancy notifications, suggest that the labour market remained resilient through January."

“One of the consequences of a tight labour market is the ongoing pressure on wages. Private sector regular pay was up 3.9% on a year ago. Now that upward influence from Covid disruptions and furlough effects have largely abated, that figure reflects the underlying pay pressures the economy faces. Given the elevated level of inflation, we expect these pressures to intensify as employees make claims on employers knowing that available labour is scarce.”

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