Thursday 18 August 2011
Vote Tory - Get More Migrants
British jobs are now being taken by immigrants at a faster rate than under Labour, figures showed yesterday.
The number of British people of working age with jobs has plummeted by nearly 100,000 since David Cameron took office – but nearly 300,000 foreigners have found work.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith yesterday warned that the Government is in ‘the last chance saloon’ if it wants to get British people off benefits and into the workplace.
The number of immigrant workers has reached a record 4.1million, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
Under, Labour immigrant workers came in at the same rate as jobs were created.
But the latest figures suggest that not only have immigrants taken all the jobs created in Britain over the past year, but they have pushed nearly 100,000 British people out of the workplace and on to benefits.
The only British-born people being successful in the jobs market are around 50,000 pensioners who have gone back to work because times are tight. When the over-65s are included in the figures, the number of British people with jobs has fallen by 50,000 over the past 12 months.
Mr Duncan Smith even claimed the recent riots were a blessing in disguise because they would help the Government justify radical benefits reforms to make work pay.
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In an interview with The Spectator magazine, he said: ‘It’s getting worse. And it’s getting worse because we face the problem of having to reform a group that is progressively less able to work.
‘That’s why I believe we’re in the last chance saloon. Last week [the riots] was a wake-up call for us. But we should thank our lucky stars that we had one.’
Mr Duncan Smith warned in July that a new generation of young men and women would be condemned to a life on benefits without tougher measures to stem the flow of migrant workers.
He urged British businesses to give a fair chance to young people coming off benefits, and ‘not just fall back on labour from abroad’.
Waiting game: Immigrant workers wait for work outside Wickes in Tottenham, north London. Nearly 300,000 foreigners have found work in Britain since David Cameron took office
Between June 2010 and June 2011, the number of British-born workers aged between 16 and 64 slumped by 99,000.
But the number of those of working age with jobs who were born abroad soared by 278,000.
Yesterday Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: ‘It is no longer possible to deny that immigration is affecting the prospects of British workers. The academic economists have been in denial for far too long.’
Yesterday figures showed that unemployment unexpectedly jumped between April and June, by 38,000 to 2.5million. The unemployment rate rose from 7.7 per cent at the end of May to 7.9 per cent at the end of July.
Business lobby group British Chambers of Commerce fears it will rise a further 150,000 over the next year.
Figures earlier this year showed that Britain's population increased by nearly half a million in 2010, driven by high levels of immigration and rising birth rates
In a report published yesterday, it said many school leaves and graduates are unemployable and warned: ‘In general, younger people lack numerical skills, research skills, ability to focus and read, plus written English.’
Nearly half of 2,000 small firms polled by the BCC said they would be ‘fairly or very nervous’ about hiring someone who had just finished their A-levels.
The ONS figures also showed that the number of people on the dole rose by 37,100 last month to 1.56million.
The number forced to work part-time because they could not find a full-time job has reached a record 1.26million.
Unemployment among those aged 16 to 24 has jumped 15,000 to 949,000, and is likely to keep rising as this summer’s school leavers and graduates struggle in the jobs market. And 5.4 unemployed people are chasing every job.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: ‘We always said that the road to recovery would be choppy.’
Chris Williamson, chief economist at consultancy Markit, warned: ‘Unemployment is likely to continue to rise in coming months as private sector employers fail to make up for public sector job cuts.’
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