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Old August 12th, 2010 #1
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Default Foreign workers surge by 114,000... but the number of Britons with jobs falls

Foreign workers surge by 114,000... but the number of Britons with jobs falls

The number of foreign workers has increased by 114,000 in the last year – while people born in Britain continued to lose their jobs.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show workers born overseas were the beneficiaries of the early stages of the economic recovery.

There are now 3.85million workers who were born abroad. At the same time, the UK-born workforce fell by 15,000, to 25.08million.

The figures cover the last days of the Labour Government – which promised to deliver ‘British jobs for British workers’.

The increase in foreign workers is largely due to surges in the number from the former Eastern Bloc countries and India.

Experts had claimed the number of arrivals from Poland and the other Eastern European nations that joined the EU in May 2004 – giving them free access to the UK labour market – was in sharp decline.

But between June 2009 and June 2010, the Eastern European workforce increased by 38,000 or 7.2 per cent.

The number of Indian-born people in the workplace jumped by 61,000 or 18.1 per cent.

And the number of workers from the U.S. was up by 16,000 or 17.3 per cent.

Indians and Americans can both be denied work permits if ministers believe there are sufficient British workers to fill the jobs they are taking.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘I recognise the importance of attracting the brightest and the best to ensure strong economic growth, but unlimited migration can place unacceptable pressure on public services.

‘It is our aim to reduce the level of net migration back to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands each year, not hundreds of thousands.

Introducing a limit on migrants from outside Europe coming here to work is just one of the ways we intend to achieve this.

‘Alongside our limits there will be action to get people back to work and provide business with the skills they need from the British workforce.’

But there is a dispute within the Coalition on capping economic migration and on imposing tighter restrictions on visas for foreign students.

The figures emerged as a study by the Migrationwatch think-tank claimed that immigration has ‘damaged’ the employment opportunities of UK -born workers
in some areas.

The study compares labour market conditions in the 50 local authorities with the highest levels of international immigration with conditions in the 50 with the lowest.

It found unemployment is higher in those areas of England which have experienced the highest levels of immigration.

Sir Andrew Green, Migrationwatch chairman, said: ‘While properly controlled immigration can be of economic benefit, this demonstrates that the “open door” policies of the past decade have had a damaging effect on the employment, and therefore the standard of living,of UK born workers in the areas most affected.’

Financial pressures are forcing thousands of 65 year olds to stay on at work with numbers rising at is fastest rate since records began.

The total number still at work is now 823,000 - double that of a decade ago - suggesting that pensioners are returning to work to raise their income or are simply not retiring due to money worries.

Official figures released yesterday show that the number of people still in work past their 65th birthday increased by 40,000 from April to June - which is its highest quarterly jump since the Office for National Statistics started keeping figures in 1992.

The figures are the latest data to show how the recession has changed the face of Britain's workforce, with record numbers of young people facing long-term unemployment while other, older people are choosing to work for longer.

Former Government pensions adviser Ros Altmann said: 'This is a reflection of things to come. For some people working longer is not terrible.

'But if they are forced to work longer because they have to , or they have no money to fund their retirement then this is clearly a problem.'

The state pension is £97.65 a week, equating to an average annual income of £5,078.

Many workers, particularly within the private sector, have seen their pension fall in value by 20 to 30 per cent since 2008.

Many have no other means to subsidise this so are choosing to continue working whereas others are helping to support their children or grandchildren who are also suffering in the recession.
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