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ESFA Update: 19 February 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 19 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 19 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 19 February 2020

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Items for further education providers
Reminderthe deadline to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year is Friday 28 February 2020
Informationupdate on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England – the process for removal of funding for qualifications with low and no enrolments
Informationthe integrated financial model for colleges (IFMC)
Informationnew Apprenticeship Service webinar in February 2020
Informationupdate on our provider roadshows
Informationupdate on the matrix Standard
Your feedbackhave your say in the design of a new staff data collection
Items for academies
Informationview my financial insights tool for academy trusts
Reminderthe deadline to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year is Friday 28 February 2020
Informationupdate on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England – the process for removal of funding for qualifications with low and no enrolments
Items for local authorities
Reminderthe deadline to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year is Friday 28 February 2020
Informationupdate on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England – the process for removal of funding for qualifications with low and no enrolments

Published 19 February 2020

Employment Rate is at a Record High of 76.5%
February 20, 2020
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By the Department for Work and Pensions.

The UK jobs market continues to boom, as the first set of employment figures since leaving the EU show the number in work has reached a new record high.

Employment rate statistic

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics saw the unemployment rate remain at its lowest since 1974, while the number of UK nationals in employment grew by over 2.3 million since 2010 to reach just over 29 million. The total number in work climbed to just below 33 million.

And there was more good news, with overall wage growth continuing to outpace inflation for a 23rd month, giving British workers a well-earned pay rise.

The number of ethnic minority workers reached a record high, while there are a further 1.4 million more disabled people in work than in 2013, with more than 16,000 employers signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme.

Employment has risen in every region and nation of the UK since 2010, and in the wake of the government’s newly-announced transport funding, jobseekers and commuters will be better connected to places of opportunity.

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP said:

As we embark on a new chapter as an independent nation outside the EU, we do so with a record-breaking jobs market and business confidence on the rise.

With wages still outpacing inflation, UK workers can expect their money to go further as we look ahead to a decade of renewal. The upcoming Budget will steer us on that course, further driving our levelling up agenda – so we can all share in the country’s prosperity.