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EU migrants working in Britain soars by more than 200,000 in ONE YEAR as one in six jobs are taken by foreigners

  • Nearly 1 million Eastern Europeans are now working in the UK
  • Overall EU total smashes 2 million barrier for first time in a calendar year
  • The number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers rises by more than 40,000
  • Overall unemployment rate remains at 10-year low of 5.1%

The number of EU migrants working in Britain soared by more than 200,000 in one year, official figures revealed today.

It took the total number of EU workers in the UK to 2.1 million – the first time in a calendar year it has smashed the two million barrier.

Eastern Europeans made up nearly a million of the UK’s workforce, while the number of Romanian and Bulgarians working in Britain rose by more than 40,000 in 2015.

The number of EU migrants in the UK workforce made up one in 15 workers and smashed the 2 million barrier for the first time in a calendar year 

Nearly three million non-EU migrants are also working in the UK, meaning one in six jobs are taken up by foreign-born nationals, according to the latest data released by the Office for National Statistics.

The latest figures highlight the growing number of EU migrants attracted to the UK as David Cameron attempts to secure a deal with EU leaders that claims will reduce the pull factors for EU workers.

But he faces opposition from Eastern European leaders who are unhappy with proposals to limit child benefit payments and working tax credits to EU workers in the UK – a key part of his reform package that he hopes will convince British voters to stay in the EU.

A survey of public attitudes towards the UK among EU citizens found that Eastern Europeans are the most desperate to see Britain remain in the 28-state bloc.

A poll by Lord Ashcroft found that two thirds of Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Czechs and Lithuanians want Britain to stay in – higher than the rest of the EU’s citizens.

Migrant workers from other Eastern European countries now stands at 977,000 - nearly a half of all EU migrants in the UK workforce.

The overall unemployment rate in the UK remains at its lowest level in a decade last year – at 5.1 per cent.

The number of jobless fell by 60,000 to 1.69million in the last three months of 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics figures released today.

Three in four people in the UK are in work, from the last three months of 2015 show.

The 74.1 per cent employment rate is an all-time high since records began in 1971, with 31.4million people in work – a rise of more than half a million in a year.

But the figures showed another slow growth in wages – average earnings increased by 1.9 per cent in the year to December – 0.2 per cent down on the previous month.

Non-EU workers made up 2.96 million of the workforce, with a quarter of the total from Africa.

There are 426,000 Indian workers, 342 Pakistan and Bangladesh-born nationals, Australia and New Zealand made up 119,000 workers, while 94,000 of the UK workforce are from the United States.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘More British people are in work than ever before, unemployment is at its lowest level for nearly a decade and nine in ten people in jobs are UK nationals.

‘We are ensuring that Brits are benefiting from the growing economy and have the skills they need to move into work, and we’ve taken action to protect the benefits system to ensure that EU migrants come to this country for the right reasons and to contribute to the economy.

‘And as part of the Government’s renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with Europe, we aim to control immigration from the EU by reducing the artificial draw of our welfare system.’

ROMANIAN AND BULGARIAN WORKERS IN UK RISE BY 41,000 IN ONE YEAR

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers in the UK rose by more than 40,000 over the last year, figures show today.

Migrants from the two countries made up 213,000 of the UK workforce at the end of last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian people working in the UK were lifted at the start of 2014.

Since then, the number of Romanian and Bulgarians in the UK workforce has risen by 66,000.

Migrant workers from other Eastern European countries now stands at 977,000 – nearly a half of all EU migrants in the UK workforce.

The figures came as an EU-wide survey of public attitudes towards Britain’s EU referendum found that Eastern Europeans are the most desperate to see the UK stay remain in the 28-state bloc.

A poll by Lord Ashcroft found that two thirds of Poles, Hungarians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Czechs and Lithuanians want Britain to stay in – higher than the rest of the EU’s citizens.

Unemployment rate remains at 10-year low but wage growth remains sluggish

The unemployment rate in the UK remains at its lowest level in a decade last year – at 5.1 per cent.

The number of jobless fell by 60,000 to 1.69million in the last three months of 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics figures released today.

Three in four people in the UK are in work, from the last three months of 2015 show.

The 74.1 per cent employment rate is an all-time high since records began in 1971, with 31.4million people in work – a rise of more than half a million in a year.

But the figures showed another slow growth in wages – average earnings increased by 1.9 per cent in the year to December – 0.2 per cent down on the previous month.

Three in four people in the UK are in work - hitting an all-time high of 74.1 per cent, ONS figures revealed today

ONS statistician Nick Palmer said the ‘subdued’ growth in earnings was disappointing.

‘While the employment rate continues to hit new highs and there are more job vacancies than ever previously recorded, earnings growth remains subdued and markedly below the recent peak of mid-2015,’ he said.

Ministers were hoping to see the unemployment rate fall below 5.1 per cent and despite staying at its lowest level since 2006, today’s figures will be seen as a touch disappointing.

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell by nearly 15,000 to an overall total of 760,200.

Today’s figures show the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits is at its lowest level since 1975.

The employment rate of people aged 50 to 64 is also at a new record high of 70.1 per cent, although the figures do not distinguish between part-time and full-time work.

Unemployment is highest in the North East, at 8.1 per cent, while the South West recorded the lowest jobless rate with 3.7 per cent 

The region in the UK with the lowest rate of unemployment is the South West, where 3.7 per cent of the population are jobless.

The North East remains the region with the highest unemployment rate. The jobless total fell by just 2,000 in the last quarter of last year and 8.1 per cent of the North East are without a job.

In Scotland unemployment stands at 5.8 per cent – the same rate as Northern Ireland, which recorded no change in the total number of unemployed on the previous quarter.

In Wales, the number of jobless fell by 12,000 in three months to 5.3 per cent.

Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones said the figures showed Wales was ‘continuing to outperform the UK as a whole’.

‘The increase in employment, decrease in unemployment and fall in economic inactivity in Wales over the last 12 months have all been at rates of more than double those of the UK as a whole.

‘Claimant count in Wales has also fallen faster than across the UK,’ he said.

The Resolution Foundation, a living standards think tank, welcomed the ‘impressive’ jobs growth but warned of the ‘troubling’ earnings figures and said a growth in productivity is in desperate need.

‘The outlook for pay is more troubling, with the UK’s nascent productivity recovery actually falling back towards the end of last year,’ Laura Gardiner, a senior analyst at the think tank, said.

‘With inflation finally starting to rise again, far stronger productivity growth will be needed if we’re to have any hope of recovering some of the ground lost during the UK’s seven-year pay squeeze.’

Responding to the latest figures today, Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said: ‘February is another record-breaking month with the employment rate now at the highest it has ever been and wages continuing to grow.

‘At a time when we are seeing the number of workless households at its lowest ever, this is further proof that our economic and welfare reforms are delivering more security and providing opportunities that give families the best chance in life.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3450762/Unemployment-UK-stays-ten-year-low-earnings-edge-1-9.html

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