BoE’s Weale Says Jobs Market ‘Fizzing’, Eyes Rate Hike

Britain’s labour market is “fizzing away nicely” and wages are growing faster than expected, Bank of England policymaker Martin Weale said in an interview with the Financial Times in its Wednesday edition, indicating that he might soon vote for a rate rise.

The FT reported that Weale, a member of the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee who voted for rate rises last year, believed the central bank should be ready to raise rates as soon as August.

The FT did not directly quote Weale as saying this, but did report him saying that wages were now rising faster than he had expected they would when he had previously voted for a rate rise in the latter part of 2014.

“If you’d asked me last autumn how rapidly I thought wages might pick up, looking at the most recent numbers, the movement seems to have been a bit faster than that,” he said.

“Rather than … fizzling out, the labour market … is fizzing away nicely,” he added.

The BoE has identified wage growth as one key factor that will aid its decision as to when Britain’s economic recovery is robust enough to support higher interest rates.

Most economists do not expect rates to rise until early next year. Ian McCafferty, the only other MPC member who backed a rate rise in late 2014, said last week that data would determine whether rates rose towards the end of this year or as late as June 2016.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.