Three-quarters of jobs created in UK went to workers from EU

UK unemployment, which is still as high as 1,850,000, is now starting to rise again.   Combined with the jobs standstill, the lack of momentum in pay makes this the most worrying set of labour market figures for a long time.   What is equally disturbing is that almost all the increase in employment since the 2008-9 crash has been accounted for by workers from the EU.   Employment among EU citizens born outside the the UK has now risen above 2 million for the first time.   The latest figures point to falling demand for jobs, fewer hours being worked, and little or no evidence of a rise in pay.

The number of non-UK nationals working in Britain over the past year is recorded as having increased by 257,000 to 3.1 million, whilst over the same period the number of working UK nationals rose by only 84,000.   But demand for labour fell during the spring, with the number employed 63,000 lower in the 3 months ending in June than in the first quarter of the year.   In that first quarter employment among UK nationals fell by 146,000 while over the same period employment among workers from overseas rose by 91,000.   It also emerged that since 1997 the proportion of employment accounted for by non-UK nationals increased from 3.7% to 10.3%.

The turnaround in the labour market was expected to generate pressure for higher pay.   That hasn’t happened.   Regular gross pay for employees as a whole remained unchanged at £463 a week in June.   However pay at the top continues to rise sharply.   The High Pay Centre has just released figures which show that the salary ratio between FTSE-100 chief executives and an average worker jumped from 160:1 in 2010 to no less than 183:1 last year.   At the extreme Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of the advertising group WPP, took home £42.9 million (£825,000 per week), which works out at 810 times as much as the average WPP employee.

All of this is of course without reference to the quality of the jobs.   We are seeing in both the UK and the eurozone the steady growth of ‘the precariat’.   More than half the eurozone’s young workers are in temporary jobs, churning from one short-lived contract to the next.   The share of the eurozone’s 15-24 year old workers who are temps is the highest on record, a deeply disturbing 52%.   It’s clear that the 2-tier labour market won’t go away without more incisive action.   But for now the priority must be to tackle the ‘black legacy’ of long-term unemployment where  Osborne repeatedly boasts success, yet is now already worsening from a total little short of 2 million.

10 thoughts on “Three-quarters of jobs created in UK went to workers from EU

  1. I laugh at those out of work figures manipulated by them theres millions more out of work who dont claim many many more but between little tory party and its big brother we seen the likes of those vast yanky companies who take over contracts dipping into the tax payers pot they sack workers only keeping the bare minimum to keep proffits rolling over but then take their monies to offshore accounts yes poorer are we in jobs and pay yet taking control of our infrastructure is the way forward gas electric water you name it we need them back under our control then we see the jobs rise wages abit and cheaper bills has of it money going around not to offshore accounts yet untill jc if he can wrestle control off the blair babies then its going to be a darn site better place to live jeff3

  2. Yet people believe everything’s fine and that the Tories are fixing the economy, because that’s what the papers are telling them. I’ve been posting some of your figures on Facebook for some time now, and am finding that others are also repeating them, so the information is getting out there, slowly. But the fact still remains that people believe what’s in the papers, perhaps because that’s what they want to believe. There’s also a big problem looming in China which could affect us very badly.

    So why are more non-UK nationals finding jobs than our own people? Do they have a stronger work ethic? Are they more skilled / better educated? Or do they work for less pay? I imagine it’s a combination of all of these factors.

    Jeffery is quite right; the true unemployment figures are hidden in a variety of ways. A friend of mine was out of work for some time but unable to claim because her husband was earning just over the minimum amount; she’s hardly the only one n this situation. People who have been sanctioned aren’t counted, which is probably the reason for all this unfair sanctioning. People who are too ill to work but denied benefits are also not counted. I expect there are other situations where this is the case. It’s all a big con but people are falling for it.

  3. Seeing the headline of this blog I was a little concern that you may have been turned by the anti-EU lobby. But reading deeper it’s clear that you’re trying to highlight the exploitation of migrant workers, and how that is impacting upon the labour market and life chances of the unemployed.

    As lost as employers are permitted to undercut wages by employing migrant workers, often on less than unfair terms, British nationals will always find themselves pushed to the back of the line.

    Of course, it isn’t the fault of migrant workers themselves – who, understandably, are just trying to find a better life for their families (who wouldn’t?) – but caused by the Government’s reluctance to challenge unscrupulous employers; despite their claim to be clamping down on such businesses.

    As the Editor and owner of Welfare Weekly, who recently exposed how the Government will deliberately lie in official publications to further its own ideologically driven agenda, I see how jobseekers are struggling to compete in a labour market where the odds are stacked up in favour of the employer.

    The only people who benefit from the ‘status quo’ are employers seeking to cut wage costs at the expensive of both migrant workers and British nationals.

    If you’re interested in contributing a guest post on Welfare Weekly to highlight your concerns, please visit our website and locate our contact details.

  4. I wouldnt worry about china its yanky land and here the fraud is still going on with the banksters they still at it and worst still is our government’s who have got monies from giving contracts to yanky companies they need to be all locked up but worrying about china nah worry about rtu ids whose having many sanctioned every day many more just giving up even I lost people through it yet toget these death figures you bet it watered down yet its now become like action t4

  5. What I find truly amazing should one lie in Court you can be held in contempt and punished accordingly. However the right wing press meter out Tory lie after lie on a daily basis and nothing whatsoever is done about it.

    True to form the Tories are hoodwinking the public and as Wanda correctly states they are falling for it.

    For the life of me I can’t understand the majority are either stupid or just can’t be bothered as long as their not the victims of Tory policies.

  6. John,
    I think it’s probably both. It’s truly frightening how effectively collective social solidarity has been shredded by consumerism and it’s attendant mainstream media brain-washing. It has successfully played on some of humanity’s worst, least empathetic tendencies almost without it noticing. Yet we’ve been prevented from fighting back by that mental straitjacket called Political Correctness, all too often a device used for suppressing debate.

    Some have retained the capacity for critical thinking and independent thought, but most have bought into the politically correct notion that open borders for migrants within the EU is unquestionably a good thing, regardless of the economic climate, rather than a means of driving wages and job quality ever-downwards.

    Large increases in supply tend to drive down the price and the price of labour is the wage. This is why New Labour’s opening up of borders in the late 90s was such a major betrayal of the very people they purported to represent.

    We on the left need to realise we have a stark choice: open borders or decent jobs. You can’t have both!

  7. We on the left need to realise we have a stark choice: open borders or decent jobs. You can’t have both!
    that isnt right is it we on the left hum left of whot most people now have been kept in the dark by our media services sky news bbc itv all bow to the tories yet even the papers the mirror is just a dark reflection of whot it used to report yet you say wages hum havent i said before you the politicians mps of most partys have allowed this to happen on your watch our services are now being run by yanky companies who have cut staff kept wages low and taking their proffits offshore making us poorer for it yet on it goes the ministers giving contracts out to companies they are part of fraud its called but then blind eyes turned comes to mind jc has said taking back control well if this does happen more people will find work has of being returned to government control wages well if theres no shareholders to behold then some of its proffits can be used for wages but then you say open borders well has long has we in the eu we have that anyway jeff3

  8. Jeff Yanky companies most of this country main employment is of course India with TATA and our banks are mostly British or EU, and most of our car plants are EU in the main but from France Japan and OK Yanky and of course TATA again.

    Our job market is under strain from the EU migrants I have seen that when I was working, I would have four polish people and maybe one British worker seeking work and the firm would give the Polish person the jobs, because they did not argue about workers right or over time payments may not be much but if you employ 5,000 who are willing to work for no over time adds to the profit margins .

    I think myself immigration is one of the main reason wages are not going up, you ask for a raise and the company says well if you do not like it move on you will not ask again.

  9. Of course but first hand had I seen it when it started the trickle in working at Aberthaw power station polish wkrkers were treated badly by some firms the men asked their unions to do something about it they did sort alright but then laid many workers off but taking more foreign on yes I niw first hand but crapita they every were look at the
    Council’s they taking over and lately crapitabought private eye I thinkor such a carpa ks ccompany then they at the dvla now tie all those together are we paying the councils through rates to have them spy on car park then get the driver details nice little earner isnt it but yanky companies are taking over maximus serco and the likes unum another who started this off jeff3

  10. OK guys, the problem is NOT immigration. It’s employers taking advantage of immigrants by paying them lower wages and giving them worse working conditions because, as has been said, they’re grateful for their jobs and are less likely to complain.

    So, the solution is to tighten up employment laws and make employers pay everyone a proper living wage. Perhaps Union membership should be encouraged.

    Another problem is that we have too many unemployed people who lack skills. This is another area that the government should tackle.

    Other problems that are perceived as being caused by immigration are lack of housing and overcrowded schools. Again, these are problems that could and should be tackled by the government.

    On a more positive note, if we didn’t have immigrants here, the country, and in particular the NHS, would collapse.

    Anyone truly on the left should understand all of this and not fall into UKIPs traps.

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