Foreigners grabbing 90 percent of new jobs in Britain: Survey

March 3rd, 2008 - 4:14 pm ICT by admin  

London, Mar 3 (ANI): After a recent survey, the Office for National Statistics in London has revealed that almost nine in every 10 new jobs created in UK over the past decade have been taken by foreigners despite a sharp increase in the number of skilled British workers.

The figures compiled by the ONS Labour Force Survey for the last quarter of 2007 showed that there were 27.5 million people in jobs in Britain, out of which 3.4 million were foreign-born workers, including 2.3 million from outside the EU.

Citing the latest statistics, former Labour minister Frank Field has urged the UK Government to urgently restrict immigration from eastern Europe to help young Britons gain employment.

Field said that since 1997 the number of skilled Britons in the workplace having National Vocational Qualification at level two as a minimum had increased by 2.8 million.

However, there had been only a 310,000 net increase in the number of Britons in work in that time - and the number had actually dropped since 2003 after mass immigration from eastern Europe.

“What the Government needs to do is face up to the fact that we need to restrict the movement of labour from eastern Europe. We had the ability to do that, but now we would need to ask the European Commission for permission. And the Government seems unwilling to do that.”

Controversy over the employment of foreign-born workers has increased since Brown pledged to create “British jobs for British workers” last summer. After initially publishing incorrect data last autumn, the British Government was forced to admit that 54 per cent of new jobs had gone to foreign workers.

However, the latest figures suggest the actual figure could be as high as 85 per cent. The new data shows that the number of British people in work has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, while the number of foreign-born workers employed in the UK has almost doubled, said the paper. (ANI)

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