The latest employment statistics from the Office for National Statistics published today reveal the sharpest increase in redundancies in the country since 2009. The figure of 156 thousand represents an increase of 58 thousand year-over-year and one of 48 thousand when compared to the previous quarter. This makes for the highest amount since 2012 but is still a long way below the levels recorded due to the financial crisis.
As noted by the ONS, these figures are made up of people made redundant and those taking voluntary redundancy over a three month period. Planned redundancies are not factored in.