The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has warned that the nation's jobs market could be set to get much worse in the near future.
This comes as the latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that 2.56 million people were out of work in the second quarter of the year, which is an improvement on the previous first three months.
Chief executive of the REC Kevin Green acknowledged that this suggests the trends are defying gravity, as the private sector continues to create jobs.
Indeed, he noted that the increase in employment this year means the country is only 96,000 shy of the pre-recession peak for the number of people in work.
"However, this could be the lull before the storm," the expert warned, adding that: "Our data suggests that we’re likely to experience a zigzag recovery, with jobs figures getting worse before they get better again."