Britain’s workforce is no longer shrinking, according to a mixed set of data on the state of the UK job market. But, on a more worrying note, the Chancellor’s mission to get the long-term sick back to work has so far showed no signs of working.

 Sadly, the number of Brits who are classified as “economically inactive” due to long-term sickness has reached a fresh peak of over 2.5 million, according to the latest ONS figures. This number is up around 422,000 since before Covid.