The number of people in work in Britain fell for first time in more than a year in the three months to October, official data showed on Wednesday, suggesting a slowing in the labor market after the Brexit vote.
Britain's unemployment rate stayed at 4.8 percent - in line with a forecast by economists in a Reuters poll - and basic pay rose at its strongest pace since the summer of 2015.
But the number of people in work fell by 6,000, the first decline since the second quarter of last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
"The labor market appears to have flattened off in recent months. While the employment rate remains high, it is slightly down on the record set recently," ONS statistician David Freeman said.
The number of people out of work also fell, by 16,000, as fewer people sought work.
Britain's economy has largely weathered the initial shock of the referendum decision to leave the European Union.
Several companies, such as technology giants Facebook and Google, have announced plans to create jobs in Britain in recent weeks, adding to a sense of business-as-normal despite the vote.
However, the unemployment rate is widely expected to rise next year as companies hold off from hiring as they wait for more clarity on the country's future ties to the EU, which could take years to be negotiated.