On an average, immigrants occupy one in four jobs
1st July 2010: Even though the government is going ahead with the move to place a cap on the number of immigrants in the UK, the importance of the non-British migrant workers can be gauged from the fact they, on an average, occupy one out of four jobs in the country.
In some areas of London, they hold seven out of every 10 jobs, according to the figures based on information from the Office for National Statistics.
In Newham – the East London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics — almost seven in every 10 jobs are filled by workers not born in Britain. In all, they are placed on 65,100 out of 93,700 posts. Many of the jobs are on the Olympic site itself.
Foreign-born employees also have strong presence in Oxfordshire, Manchester and Surrey.
In five other London council areas – Brent, Westminster, Harrow, Ealing and Kensington and Chelsea – non-British work force comprises anywhere between 50.9 per cent and 57.7 per cent of the total workers.
Nine council areas have 40 per cent and above workers from outside Britain, 13 areas have 30 per cent and above non-British workers. In 22 other council areas of London, they hold 20 per cent of the jobs.
Areas outside London with large number of working migrants are Slough, Leicester, Luton, Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford. The other areas are Crawley, in West Sussex, and Elmbridge, in Surrey.
Many overseas workers in places such as Slough and Reading are Eastern Europeans not needing work permits.
Newark and Sherwood in Nottinghamshire are relatively untouched by the phenomenon. At 1.5 per cent, they are the areas with the smallest proportion of foreign-born workers.
Reacting to the figures, MigrationWatch spokesperson Alp Mehmet says the gaps in the UK labour market should be filled from the UK population. Demanding a closer control, he said there was a laxness and a looseness about the way people were allowed in.