UK’s bumper rise in employment driven entirely by 431,000 explosion of foreign-born workers
Numbers out today show there were 2.3m EU-born workers in three months to end of December – down 50,000 on September
A BUMPER rise in employment last year was driven entirely by a near 450,000 explosion in foreign-born workers.
Staggering official figures yesterday revealed the number of people in work leapt to a new high of 31.84 million at the end of December.
But the number of UK-born workers FELL by 120,000 during the year – as ageing Brits retire and leave the jobs market for good.
There was a 431,000 increase in people born overseas getting a job.
The Office for National Statistics revealed there had been a 42 per cent increase in Romanians and Bulgarians in the UK in just 12 months.
Experts said the figures from the Office for National Statistics proved Brexit Britain was a “magnet” for people from across the Continent.
Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics at Kings College, told the Sun: “The year on year figures tells you that the British workforce is shrinking and has been replaced by foreigners coming from abroad.”
But the ONS revealed there had been a 50,000 drop in EU nationals working in Britain over the final three months of 2016 – the biggest quarterly fall for five years.
Pro-EU campaigners said the drop proved the bombshell Brexit vote was making the country less attractive to Europeans.
Lib Dem chief Tim Farron blamed a “climate of uncertainty” created by Theresa May’s hard bargaining over the terms of the UK’s EU divorce.
But Dr John Philpott director of the Jobs Economist said: “Given seasonal factors, the level of EU-born people working in the UK was more or less flat in the second half of the year.
“While this may suggest the UK is no longer the draw it once was for EU migrants, Brexit has yet to trigger a big EU labour exit.”
Yesterday’s figures the employment rate leapt to a new record of 74.6 per cent at the end of December.
The number of people in work in December was 37,000 higher than September at 31.8 million – up by more than 300,000 year on year.
Unemployment dropped 7,000 to below 1.6 million. But pay growth slipped to just 2.6 per cent.
ONS senior statistician David Freeman said: “Overall the labour market appears to be edging towards full capacity.”
Jobs Secretary Damian Green insisted the Government was delivering on its pledge to “build a country that works for everyone”.
He said: “With employment at its highest rate since records began, and unemployment at its lowest in over a decade, we remain in a position of strength.”
Polish nurse at care home resorts to Google Translate to help her speak English
POLISH-born nurses were unable to speak English properly to patients at a care home with one needing to use Google Translate, reveals an inspection report.
The home for 44 pensioners along with two younger adults and an older person needing dementia care has now been issued with a warning from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate for Wales.
nspectors found two out of 11 nurses working at the home, which accepts residents from Polish, English and Welsh communities, struggled to speak English to residents.
Their report stated: “The impact of this is people cannot be assured they are being cared for by staff who are competent in English or Welsh or have effective communication skills in order to deliver safe effect care.
One nurse has very little understanding of speaking, understanding and written English
It’s website states: “Staff are multilingual thus enabling residents to be cared for in their own language.”
However, inspectors reported: “Two of the nurses employed have very poor English language skills of which one nurse has very little understanding of speaking, understanding and written English.
“We were told one nurse uses Google Translate to get by on their shift. They informed us this has caused difficulties especially when there have been times where there is a need to call emergency services or out-of-hours doctors.”
Inspectors also found many residents were dehydrated with dry mouths and two people had cracked lips.