The number of payrolled employees in November 2020 has fallen by 2.7% (781,000 employees) compared with the same period the previous year, according to the latest ONS data.
The release by ONS covers data obtained through the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system where pay is reported through a Real Time Information (RTI) system.
In November 2020, 28,000 fewer people were in payrolled employment than in October 2020 which can be attributed to the nationwide lockdown in England during the month.
Early estimates for November 2020 by ONS have indicated that the “median monthly pay” has increased by 4.6% compared with 2019, however.
Additionally, median monthly pay increased by 4.9% in October 2020, compared with the same period the previous year.
For November 2020, it was reportedly the highest in Northern Ireland, falling only 1%. In addition, it was lowest in London, dropping 5%, and in Wales it increased 6.2% and fell in the South East at 4.2%.
The ONS also revealed that the increase in payrolled employees between February and November 2020 was largest in the health and social work sector showing a rise in 74,000 employees and smallest in the accommodation and food services sector decreasing by 297,000 employees.