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Small business call for insurance break

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Mike Cherry, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, says the tight labour market is a headache for small businesses.

He said small business are affected by Brexit as one in five small UK employers rely on staff from the EU.

“The case for the government to deliver on its pledge of a one-year national insurance holiday for those furthest from the labour market has never been stronger. With skills shortages starting to bite, it’s vital that we are helped to bring more people who are living with a disability, long-term unemployed or ex-offenders into our workforces," said Mr Cherry.

Weakening in jobs growth ahead

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Today's employment figures are pleasing, but the future may not be so, warned Suren Thiru, head of economics at the British Chambers of Commerce.

“The strong increase in employment, coupled with another fall in the number of people out of work, suggests that the UK labour market remains in good order," he said.

“However, behind the strong headline figures a number of key challenges remain. Businesses are increasingly reporting that persistent hiring difficulties, cost pressures and ongoing uncertainty are dampening recruitment intentions.

"If this trend is sustained it could well translate into a weakening in UK jobs growth over the next year."

UK 'less desirable' for EU workers

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Despite the positive employment figures, the job market is still in a state of flux, warns Lee Biggins, chief of CV-Library.

"Ongoing uncertainty means the UK is a much less desirable location for EU migrants to live and work in right now, putting pressure on businesses who are already struggling to find the home-grown talent they need to remain competitive on a global scale," he said.

"Because of this, employers are having to pull out all the stops in order to entice professionals out of their current roles and this is reflected in the 3.4% increase in weekly earnings."