Foreign born workers in UK now 11 percent of workforce

Number of foreigners working in Britain soars by 207,000 to a new high of 3.55 million

THE number of foreigners working in Britain soared by 207,000 over the last year to a new record high of 3.55 million, according to an official estimate released yesterday.

Data showed that more 28,000 more overseas citizens found employment in the country over the 12-month period than UK citizens.

And the number of EU citizens working in the UK increased by 171,000 to 2.32 million during the year to March.

The latest snapshot of the UK labour market from the Office for National Statistics confirmed that the migrant labour boom has continued since last year’s historic vote to leave the EU.

It is expected to intensify the debate about border controls after Brexit in the run up to the general election on June 8.

Alp Mehmet, of the pressure group Migration Watch, said: “This is clear evidence that there has been no drop in the number of EU workers since the referendum.”

The statistics showed that the number of workers born in other EU nations had risen by 148,000 since last year, he said.

He said: “It is time for business to stop panicking about their departure after Brexit.

There has been no drop in the number of EU workers

Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch

“As we have been saying, many are now settled and are earning a multiple of the salary that they would earn at home.”

Overall, the number of non-UK nationals working in Britain has more than trebled since 1997, according to yesterday’s figures.

The data estimated there were 928,000 non-UK nationals working in Britain shortly before Tony Blair’s Labour government came into office.

It means the proportion of non-UK nationals working in Britain has risen from 3.5 per cent in 1997 to 11.1 per cent this year.

Giving an overview of the labour market, the figures showed that Britain’s unemployment level has now fallen to a 42-year low with record numbers of people in jobs.

The jobless total fell by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the quarter to March, a rate of 4.6%, the lowest since summer 1975.

Employment has increased by 122,000 to almost 32 million, the highest since records began in 1971, the figures showed.

And the number of job vacancies in the UK has reached a record high of 777,000 after a 22,000 increase in the quarter to March.

On the general election campaign trail yesterday, Theresa May seized on the record employment figure as further evidence that her leadership was delivering a strong economy.

The Prime Minister said: “Today’s employment figures show that our credible economic policies are continuing to deliver greater economic security for families across the country.”

The figures also showed that the number of people classed as “economically inactive” fell by 40,000 in the latest quarter to 8.8 million, the lowest for a year.

The rate of economic inactivity was 21.5 per cent of all 16 to 64-year-olds, the lowest on record.

Meanwhile, average earnings increased by 2.4 per cent in the year to March, just 0.1% up on the previous month and below the latest CPI inflation rate of 2.7 per cent.

Average weekly earnings in real terms, adjusted for inflation, fell by 0.2% excluding bonuses compared with a year earlier.

MORE PEOPLE IN A COUNTRY AUTOMATICALY CREATES MORE JOBS AS FOOD AND SERVICES NEED TO BE DELIVERED TO THIS EXTRA PEOPLE. THEY SAY WE NEED MORE YOUNG INTO UK TO PAY FOR OUR AGEING POPULATION. WON’T THESE MIGRANTS ALSO GET OLD? THEN HOW WILL UK PAY FOR ALL THESE OLD MIGRANTS?