Foreign workers took three in four new jobs in Britain in the last year
Three in every four of those
who joined Britain's workforce in the last year were foreign born.
Official figures yesterday
showed that the number of foreign men and women in work soared by
334,000 to more than 4million.
However, the number of
British-born workers finding employment in the same period - up to the
end of March this year - rose by only 77,000.
Official figures yesterday showed that the number of foreign men and women in work soared by 334,000 to more than 4million
The revelation, by the
independent Office for National Statistics, will fuel the explosive
debate over 'British jobs for British workers'.
Earlier this month, Iain Duncan Smith broke Cabinet ranks by warning that a new generation of young men and women will be condemned to a life on benefits without tougher measures to stem the flow of migrant workers.
The Work and Pensions
Secretary said that his expensive back-to-work schemes will fail
without stricter controls.
And he urged British
businesses to give young people coming off welfare and back into
employment a fair chance, and 'not just fall back on labour from
Mr Duncan Smith's comments provoked a furious backlash from British business leaders who said that British youngsters were too lazy, ill-educated and lacking the work ethic to compete for jobs.
How the Mail reported Iain Duncan Smith breaking Cabinet ranks over the migrant jobs situation on July 1
They also blamed the welfare
system for not encouraging more unemployed British people to find work.
Recent figures show that
Britain's population increased by nearly half a million last year,
driven by high levels of immigration and rising birth rates.
Between 1997 and 2010, more
than half of the rise in employment in the UK was accounted for by
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of
MigrationWatch UK, said: 'It is impossible to look at these figures
which show a substantially greater increase in the foreign-born
workforce than in the British-born workforce without deducing that
there has been a significant impact on the prospects for British
'There no point in being in
denial about this.
'British employers surely have
a responsibility to consider the wider implications of who they employ.'
The ONS figures showed that UK unemployment as a whole has fallen by 26,000 in the three months to May to 2.45million.
The unemployment rate was 7.7
per cent - down from 7.8 per cent in the previous quarter.
But the numbers claiming the
Jobseeker's Allowance jumped by 24,500 to 1.52million - the biggest
such increase for two years.
Of those, nearly half a
million are women - an increase of 9,500 and the highest rise in women
claiming unemployment benefits for 15 years.
Recent figures show that Britain's population increased by nearly half a million last year, driven by high levels of immigration and rising birth rates
Mr Duncan Smith's outspoken
comments were highly unusual and were seen as a warning to Prime
Minister David Cameron not to give in to Liberal Democrat demands for a
softer stance on immigration - an issue that remains close to the top
of voters' concerns.
A source close to Mr Duncan
Smith said last night: 'These figures are exactly why Iain felt the
need to speak out about this.
'We are doing everything we
can do to get people into jobs in the short term, but if businesses
keep falling back on foreign labour, we are going to face this problem
again and again.
'He is very concerned about
the impact of this on the economy.'
The ONS yesterday stressed
that the figures for the number of non-UK-born people includes
individuals who were born outside the country, but also have British
However, the number of non-UK
nationals finding jobs also rose 239,000 from a year earlier to
The employment rate for UK-born people aged from 16 to 64 was 71 per cent, compared with just 67.3 per cent for non-UK-born people.
The ONS statistics are also
set to raise questions about the Government's decision to set a cap on
the numbers of foreign migrants.
Some Treasury officials are
worried about the effect of the cap on tax receipts as the numbers of
migrants contributing to the economy and paying taxes continues to
Meanwhile, the ONS figures
indicated that the number of new jobs created in the private sector was
still outstripping Government job losses with an extra half a million
jobs created in the last year.
There was also a drop in youth
unemployment among 16 to 24 year-olds by 42,000 to just over 4million.
Chancellor George Osborne had
been hoping for a strong boost to employment.
But ministers yesterday
admitted the figures showed that the Government still faces a 'big
Howard Archer, of consultancy IHS Global Insight, warned: 'With the economy going through a very soft patch, the growth outlook muted and increasing job cuts on the way in the public sector, we strongly suspect that unemployment is headed up over the coming months.'
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