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New year to be 'best for jobs market since 2007'

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Leading economist Dr John Philpott has predicted that the labour market is poised for its best year since 2007, with growth in private-sector jobs expected to outweigh cuts to public-sector roles by five to one in 2015. He said workers will also enjoy a 'sustained increase' in wages as employers face growing competition to recruit suitably skilled staff. Although 100,000 jobs will be shed by public-sector bodies, around half a million new roles are expected to be created by private companies. Dr Philpott's Jobs Economist consultancy reckons that unemployment will dip to 1.7m, giving a jobless rate of 5.2%.

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