The UK labour market has unwound tightness, with the latest data on wage growth ebbing to its lowest growth rate in nearly three years.

KPMG/ Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) monthly survey of permanent staff salaries

  • came in at 55.8 in January, its lowest reading since March 2021
  • from 56.5 in December
  • pre-pandemic average was 56.7

(readings above 50 show growth)

  • gauge of permanent staff placements also eased in January

REC commentary:

  • "Pay has normalised, inflation is dropping and the hiring market has been cooling for a year now"

The REC is calling on the Bank of England to begin easing policy.

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