Unemployment rate fell unexpectedly to its lowest since 1975 during the second quarter and productivity picked up, according to the latest data from Office for National Statistics.
The number of EU nationals working in Britain also fell by the largest annual amount since records began in 1997.
The unemployment rate fell to 4.0 per cent in the April through June period, the lowest since the three months to February 1975.
Senior ONS statistician Matt Hughes said: “For the first time since we started tracking zero-hours contracts, we’ve seen a substantial fall in the number of people on one in their main job.”
He added: “The growth in employment is still being driven by UK nationals, with a noticeable drop over the past year in the number of workers from the so-called ‘A8’ eastern European countries in particular.”