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Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has said the latest ONS statistics highlight the gradual re-engineering of the UK labour market during the past two years. He said:
“Today’s figures offer further evidence that the increase in employment is underpinned more by growth in self-employment than any increase in the overall number of employees, which has actually fallen during the past year. Growth is particularly strong among the part-time self-employed in roles ranging from administration to the associate and professional level.
"The results also continue to show an increase in the proportion of temporary, part-time workers who would like permanent, full-time work. Taken together, the results explain why those lucky enough to be in well-paid, full-time roles are increasingly staying put, while those looking for work are chasing ‘odd-job’ roles.