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Employees in the UK: 2018

Using this Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) is the official source of employee and employment estimates by detailed geography and industry and Office for National Statistics have produced a series of reports on its results.

Main points

  • The estimated number of employees in the UK increased by 229,500 (0.8%) between 2017 and 2018, from 30.3 million to 30.5 million.

  • Between 2017 and 2018, the estimated number of employees increased in all regions except the North East (down 8,900, or 0.8%) and the West Midlands (down 18,200, or 0.7%); the South East showed the greatest increase in terms of the total number of employees (up 43,700, or 1.1%).