The number of people in work between October and December was up 167,000 from the previous quarter and 444,000 higher than at the same time in 2017.

Employment Minister Alok Sharma said: "While the global economy is facing many challenges, particularly in sectors like manufacturing, these figures show the underlying resilience of our jobs market - once again delivering record employment levels."

It is good to see that the unemployment rate has fallen and, for women, it has dropped below 4% for the first time ever. The jobs market clearly remains in robust shape at the moment. However, the true effect of Brexit may start to weaken employment growth in the next quarter...