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Official figures revealed that EU migrants now fill one in nine jobs in Britain
Critics last night blasted the “open borders” policy that has seen the number of foreign workers double in six years.
In 2010, some 2.2 million of Britain’s 28.2 million employees were migrants with just 1.1 million coming from Europe.
By last year, 3.4 million from a workforce of 30.3 million were born abroad, with 2.2 million arriving from the EU bloc and 1.2 million from the rest of the world.
Anti-EU critics said years of Britain’s “open borders” policy was behind the rapid rise and the reason voters chose Leave at last year’s referendum.
Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: “These figures are a portrayal of long-term, mass uncontrolled migration from the EU. As members we’ve had no control over who comes to work but this will end once we leave now Theresa May has committed us to leaving the single market.
“Relying on foreign labour is unsustainable and is no longer mandated by the British public, the majority of whom want to decrease immigration.”
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The 'open borders' policy has seen the number of foreign workers double in six years What countries are in the EU? Wed, September 14, 2016
In the wake of Brexit, we look at the 28 member states that are in the European Union.
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A detailed dossier drawn up by the Office for National Statistics showed that 11.2 per cent of the UK labour market in 2016 were foreign nationals.
These figures are a portrayal of long-term, mass uncontrolled migration from the EU
Independent MEP Steven Woolfe
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The highest number worked in wholesale and retail trade, hotels and restaurants, a sector employing 761,000 of which 508,000 were from the EU.
A further 669,000 migrants worked in jobs such as selling or cleaning, including 510,000 EU nationals.
Eight per cent of workers in manufacturing came from eight European countries – the EU8 – which joined the EU in 2004.
Steven Woolfe said that relying on foreign labour is 'no longer sustainable'
These are Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Workers from the EU as a whole made up 11 per cent of the sector. Seven per cent of those working in agriculture, forestry and fishing came from the same eight EU countries.
One in eight in the financial and business services sector was foreign, including 382,000 from the EU.
Ukip home affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins said: “The figures are a damning indictment of open door migration and its downward pressure on wages.
“Wealthy Remainers love the EU because it turns the minimum wage into the maximum wage and gives power to large businesses who can afford lobbyists in Brussels.
“But what a population increase on this unprecedented scale does is lower wages while having an upward inflationary pressure on housing, services, food and other goods.”
Some 701,000 non-UK nationals work in public administration, education and health care, more than a quarter of them from the EU.
Yesterday tens of thousands of vacancies on an official European job site were for work in Britain.
He said mass migration will end as Theresa May has committed to the UK leaving the single market
Of 1,441,776 situations vacant on the Eures portal, 112,483 were in the UK, including bar staff, nurses, chefs, sales reps and even maths teachers.
The ONS data also showed nearly two-thirds of Romanians and Bulgarians and half of those from the EU8 worked more than 40 hours a week, compared to a third of UK employees.
Compared with national average earnings of £11.30 an hour, workers from 14 EU countries including Germany, Italy and France earned £12.59 an hour, whereas EU8 nationals and Romanians and Bulgarians pocketed an average £8.33 an hour.
Net migration – the difference between people entering and leaving Britain – now stands at 273,000 but the Government insists it can be slashed to the “tens of thousands”.
Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, said that business must focus on recruiting the domestic workforce and “wean itself off the cheaper East European option”.
He added: “Employers should turn to overseas workers only when they face genuine skills or labour shortages.”