The UK has seen a rise in payrolled workers for the seventh month straight as the economy appears to recover.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said payroll figures rose for the seventh month in a row between May and June, whilst firms saw their need for employees soar as hospitality reopened ahead of the final lifting of COVID restrictions.

This is the biggest increase we’ve seen since 2014.

March to May 2021 showed that employment was at 74.8%, unemployment was at 4.8% and economic inactivity was at 21.3%.

The figures also show that the unemployment dropped once more, to 4.8% between March and May, against 5% from December to February, but in line with a revised figure of 4.8% for the three months to April.

However, despite the increases, the number of payrolled workers has still fallen by 206,000 since the pandemic hit.

Darren Morgan, ONS director of economic statistics, said: “The labour market is continuing to recover, with the number of employees on payroll up again strongly in June.

“The number of job vacancies continued to rise very strongly.

“The biggest sector driving this was hospitality, followed by wholesaling and retailing.

“As the economy gradually reopened, the unemployment rate fell in March to May. This was especially marked for younger people, who had been hardest hit by earlier lockdowns.”