Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Three quarters of new jobs go to immigrants

The largest rise in employment for more than 21 years was mainly down to the influx of foreign workers, campaigners said today.

New official figures showed employment levels in the three months to June rose 184,000 to 29million in the biggest quarterly hike since 1989.

But the data from the Office for National Statistics reveals about three-quarters of this increase was due to workers born outside the UK.

Sir Andrew Green, from Migrationwatch UK, said the employment figures were 'further evidence that immigration really does affect the job prospects of British-born workers'.

'An astonishingly high proportion of the increase in employment is down to foreign workers getting jobs in Britain,' he said.

The quarterly rise in non-UK born workers was 145,000, compared with an increase of just 41,000 UK-born workers.

The number of people born outside the UK who were in employment was up 114,000 to 3.85 million, compared with the same time last year.

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