Lazy Brits lack of motivation and skills making them lose jobs to migrants

June 12th, 2008 - 5:25 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 12 (ANI): A UK Government report has pointed out that low-skilled British workers are losing out to foreign migrants in the job market because they are unemployable and lack the motivation to work.

The Times quoted David Frost, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, as saying that the reluctance of Britons to work was due to the benefits culture.

The Government is right to point out that a lack of motivation and skills are the major reasons why so many British-born people are currently out of work. Migrant workers have served both businesses and the economy extremely well in recent years, and it is only through reform of the benefits system and continued improvement of our education system that the Government will be able to eradicate the welfare dependency culture.”

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) studied the arrival of an estimated one million East European migrants and found that the phenomena had neither increased unemployment among native Britons nor did it lower their wages.

While migrants from the eight former Soviet bloc states that joined the EU in 2004 found it easy to find work, Britons encountered difficulties because of “issues around basic employability skills, incentives and motivation”.

The study, on the impact of migration on native workers, called for Government policies to help the low skilled by ensuring that they look for available work and providing education and training focused on making them employable.

Home Office studies published last year and in 2006 also highlighted how employers preferred the general attitude and work ethic of the East Europeans to those of British workers. (ANI)

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