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Number of employees on UK payrolls returns to pre-pandemic levels – ONS

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The number of employees on UK payrolls recovered to pre-pandemic levels last month, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

A rise of 241,000 in August took the total number to 29.1 million, around the same level as in February 2020.

The ONS also said the number of job vacancies in the June-August period climbed to a new record high of 1.03 million, with the biggest demand for hiring seen in the hotel and restaurant sector.