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Private sector turns rewarding for immigrants  

Just 15 per cent of 1.8m new jobs in the sector since 1997 have gone to Britons
30 June 2009. If you are an immigrant looking for a job, turn to the private sector. Your chances of getting absorbed are greater there. Figures released by the cross party group on balanced immigration show while the private sector is dominated by the foreign born, the public sector has an overwhelming number of British-born workers. The trend has been prevailing since Labour came to power.

Statistically speaking, 85 per cent of fresh tasks are being handled by the immigrants in the private sector. Of the 1.8m new jobs in the sector since 1997, just 15 per cent have gone to Britons. In fact, compared to corresponding period last year, 90,000 fewer Britons are working for the private sector in the first quarter of this year.

On the other hand, in the public sector British-born workers have landed up with almost three quarters of the 1.1million jobs, created since Labour took over.

Analyzing the figures, the group’s co-chairmen Frank Field, MP, and Nicholas Soames, MP, assert the figures make it clear in the private sector it has been British jobs for foreign workers. They, however, believe the private sector should also ensure local people get first chance at gaining local jobs.

The assertion comes at a time when a paper published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) claims fears of migrants taking away the jobs and cutting pays are misplaced and wrong.

The report in circulation says there appears to be no evidence to suggest large-scale migration from Eastern Europe since 2004 has had any substantial negative impact on either wages or employment. Rather, the possibility of a small positive impact cannot be ruled out.

The Royal College of Midwives too has only recently asserted without immigrant midwives, NHS maternity care would be on its knees. The British Medical Association has asserted changes in immigration rules could lead to serious shortage of doctors and add pressure on the existing staff. Moreover, the London School of Economics has already asserted amnesty would add £3 bn to gross domestic product, £846 m to tax receipts.

Another set of figures, meanwhile, reveal the number of employers prosecuted for taking on illegal immigrants has gone up five-fold, since a new penalty system became law in February this year.

Before the new legislation came into force, just 40 cases were brought against employers. The number has now gone up to 223, says Giant Precision after obtaining data using Freedom of Information rules.

The firm’s director Matthew Brown believes the new regulations are tough on employers and recruiters, who may have checked into candidate’s backgrounds and been duped by fraudulent documents.

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