There are now 31.4 million people in work – up 20,000 over the past quarter and 360,000 in the past year.
This growth is being driven by full-time employment, which made up 80% of the annual rise, and there are a near record 751,000 vacancies available in the jobs market.
The figures show that average wages before bonuses grew 2.2% over the last year. The private sector in particular continues to perform strongly with average wage growth before bonuses of 2.5% over the same period.
Work and Pensions Secretary of State Stephen Crabb said:
“We remain in a position of strength, with a record employment rate, wages continuing to grow steadily and three-quarters of a million vacancies available in the labour market.