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Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, said: “A quarterly rise of more than 150,000 employees offers the strongest evidence for some time that the jobs market might be gathering genuine momentum, with growth now being driven by firms rather than the self-employed. "Almost every economic indicator is tentatively improving; with redundancies falling, vacancies rising and increases in basic pay edging to a level close to the current rate of inflation. However, with around a third of this increase in employment being taken up with temporary work, the figures also highlight the uncertainty still felt by many employers.
“Also interesting to note is the reversal of the recent trend in the proportion of migrant and UK born workers filling vacancies. Recent quarters had seen UK-born workers fare less well in relation to non-UK born workers. However, three quarters of the employment increase is now being taken up by UK-born workers, which suggests that the government’s jobs search requirements are working.
“The only cloud on the government’s horizon is the growing tail of long-term unemployed. All eyes will now therefore be on Work Programme providers’ task of bridging the gap between the demands of employers and the employability skills of the long-term unemployed."
Kevin Green, chief executive at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said: “The job numbers are being driven by flexible working - the number of full time posts has grown but the increase in temps and part-time workers has been even greater. Too many people talk down the value of part-time work, but it’s here in black and white – over 80 per cent of part-time employees chose to work that way. “Youth employment, though the lowest it’s been in over a year, is still unacceptably high and is unavoidable evidence that the government’s Youth Contract is not yet delivering.”Neil Carberry, CBI director for employment and skills, said: “Businesses are still creating jobs in a very tough economy, with employment rising by 212,000 in the three months to August. It is particularly encouraging that youth unemployment has started to fall, which suggests that job prospects for young people are picking up.“But despite the positive news, we still have more than two and a half million people out of work, so today's data shows that much remains to be done.”