The number of unemployed people in the UK fell to 2.51 million in July, a reduction of 72,000 compared to a year ago, according to the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS) Labour Market Statistics report. There were 529,000 job vacancies between April and June 2013, an increase of 56,000 compared with a year ago and the highest number since September to October 2008.

“Today’s figures are a positive sign that the countdown to the UK jobs market ‘blast off’ has started. They also support the [Recruitment & Employment Confederation] jobs data from earlier this month, which showed that the number of people being placed in permanent jobs is at a two-year high and demand for staff [is] at a three-year high,” said Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at REC.

The unemployment rate between March and May 2013 was 7.8%. Between May and June 2013, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) fell by 21,200 to reach 1.48 million, a drop of 117,700 year-on-year. The number of JSA claimants is at its lowest since March 2011. In the same report the number of job vacancies in the UK rose again in the period April to June, to 529,000, up 12% on the year. Finally, total employment in the period March to May rose by 16,000 to 29.71m, and pay was up by 1.7%. Article Sources: and Further Information: If you are an IT professional seeking to advance your career, then please contact the Jenrick IT consultant team directly on (01932) 245 500 or view our current IT job opportunities and apply online. Jenrick Engineering is a recruitment partner for many of the leading Engineering Corporations within the UK, providing an array of contract and permanent job opportunities for engineers who operate within this sector. If you would like to  explore job opportunities within the engineering sector, or wish to seek advice regarding recruiting contractors or permanent staff, please contact our offices at Burton on Trent (on 01283 548 121) or Crick, Northampton (on 01788 824555). The specialist recruitment team at Jenrick Commercial have a number of Permanent and Temporary jobs available within specific divisions so please feel free to get in touch on 01932 230868.