The ONS statistics released today are encouraging

"The ONS statistics released today are encouraging and a good barometer for the improving economy. However, more needs to be done by Government and employers to create and maintain a thriving and competitive jobs market.

Our own data shows job vacancies are up, but my regular conversations with UK business leaders highlight the ongoing challenges they face in maintaining a competitive edge while attracting talent in a global market.

The ONS statistics are promising, but employers, with the support of Government, need to invest in the skills needed to reap future benefits and offer flexible working opportunities to ensure we maintain a strong jobs market in an increasingly global market."