MIGRANT WORKERS STILL TAKING 55 PER CENT OF UK JOBS – Under the last Labour Government migrant workers took nearly 74 per cent of available jobs in the UK. This figure has now decreased to 55 per cent of all vacancies; but some MPs worry this could rise dramatically come 2014 as Britain opens its doors under the EU Directive of the Right of Free Movement.
Business and Education Minister, Matthew Hancock, is urging UK businesses to employ more UK citizens, even if that means providing on-the-job-training, in order to prevent jobs being lost to migrant workers.
His views are contrary to the multicultural utopia that this and the last Government entertained and yet his views, whilst certainly not politically correct, are a sad reflection of the truth and how the job market in the UK is crippling UK citizens.
Matthew Hancock believes that employing British workers will not only increase labour skills but is also better for the British economy as their earnings are not filtered to other EU countries but rather spent at home.
The Coalition Government pledged a clampdown and the recent figures indicate that they are making headway but this might all come to nothing when the Right of Free Movement is ratified January 2014.
According to Mr. Hancock the UK now has a record number of jobs but invariably these are taken up by migrant workers. Recently an independent report from the Office of Budget Responsibility stated that some 60,000 migrant workers were needed annually in order to keep the national debt at a sustainable level; a statement that Mr. Hancock vehemently disagrees with.
It has been suggested that the UK’s youth simply does not have the skills to compete with migrant workers and even suggested that UK workers are lazy and not willing to work or learn new skills. Many UK companies noted that migrants were far more willing and able to work hard.
How true is this? If we look closely at say Romanian where the welfare system provides barely a sustainable living and where jobs pay poorly it is little surprise why they wish to find work in the UK. What we need to do is ensure that those coming to Britain are coming for work and not simply to live of the welfare system.
In contrast many British citizens now feel that it’s easier to live off the taxpayer than it is to find gainful employment. Welfare is now almost seen as a lifestyle choice instead of its intended purpose of helping people in times of need and to assist them in finding suitable employment.
There is little doubt in my mind that Britain needs greater levels of welfare reforms in order to send a clear message that welfare is not a lifestyle choice; we must turn the situation around and change attitudes if we are to stem the tide of migrant workers.
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