"Britain's employment revolution continues to transform the jobs and wages landscape, senior MEP Anthea McIntyre said today.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, spoke out after new figures showed average wages rising by four per cent on last year.

The latest statistics also showed a record number of people in full-time work and unemployment down 64,000 in a year.

Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands, said: "This transformation is reaching all corners of the UK - changing people's prospects, boosting pay-packets, spreading prosperity and delivering the dignity of work to thousands more people.

"It means real jobs, realistic salaries and real people contributing to our economic success and their own well-being.

"I continue to tell MEPs from other EU nations how Britain is a prime example of what can be achieved when governments create the right climate for jobs and growth."