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."