Jobs by migrants rise by 300,000 over 3 months to June
18th August 2011: Migrants are filling in the gaps in the job sector. The latest figures reveal that the number of jobs occupied by migrants has registered an increase of almost 300,000 over the three months to June. At the same time, the number of locals in employment registered a dip of 50,000.
The official job market figures reveal that the unemployment in the UK has risen by 38,000 to touch the 2.49 million mark, indicating that nothing less than 7.9 per cent people are out of work .
Describing the figures as disappointing, Chancellor George Osborne indicated the situation was likely to improve as jobs were still being created in the UK.
Labour, on the other hand, trained its guns at the Coalition, blaming the austerity measures for encouraging the downturn.
Shadow employment minister Stephen Timms said only days ago, the Chancellor called Britain’s economy a safe haven and but now they were being told that unemployment has risen by 38,000.
The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics also reveal that the number of unemployed women is also at its peak for almost a quarter of a century. The trend was being attributed to cut-backs in the public sector, which employs a disproportionate number of women.
Statistically speaking, the number of UK-born people in job was 25 million over the three months to June, pointing at a dip of 50,000 people year earlier.
The report also pointed out that the number of people compelled to take up part-time jobs in the absence of full-time avocation increased by 83,000 to reach 1.26 million. It was the highest figure since comparable records began in 1992.
The statistics also indicated unemployment among the youth. In fact, the indications are that just about one in five of all youths, or 20.2 per cent, are now working.
The number of unemployed 16 to 24-years-olds increased by 15,000 to 949,000 between March and June.
Responding to the figures, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith warned that the Government is in ‘the last chance saloon’ if it wants to get the locals off benefits and into the workplace.
Dubbing the recent riots were a blessing in disguise, Smith claimed these would help the Government justify radical benefits reforms to make work pay.
In an interview with The Spectator magazine, Smith 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.’