This afternoon, Andrew Dilnot, the head of the UK Statistics Authority challenged Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that the Government’s immigration policy had decreased the trend of migrants taking the majority of job roles from British nationals. Andrew Dilnot, dismissed claims made by the Tory Prime Minister that jobs were increasingly being taken by UK nationals rather than immigrants. This comes after criticism that the UK’s current immigration policies discriminate against Australians who wish to live and work in the UK.
REC Chief Executive: Cameron’s Comments Unhelpful
Writing a column in the Daily Telegraph, David Cameron claimed that UK natives were filling the majority of job positions created in the last 12 months.
“Progress is being made: while most new jobs used to go to foreign workers, in the past year more than three-quarters have gone to British workers.”
UK Statistics Authority chair Andrew Dilnot slammed the claim, stating that no such statistic exists.
“The official statistics provide estimates of net change in the number of people in employment. This is not the same as the number of people who move into employment,” he said. “From the available official statistics, it is, therefore, not possible to estimate the number of new jobs, nor the number of new jobs that are filled by UK nationals, nor the number of new jobs that are filled by non-UK nationals.”
Dilnot was not the only one that was unhappy with Cameron’s claim. Chief Executive of Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) Kevin Green, commented that the claims were ‘unhelpful’. He stated that recruitment agencies have to comply with legislation and codes of conduct. Therefore, Cameron writing that the Government is aiming to ban overseas-only recruiting, is in fact illegal under the Equality Act.
UK Immigration Policies Discriminatory against Australians
Ironically, just last week the UK Government suggested that a new visa deal was being proposed with Australia. Both the Australian Government and UK Government are working towards allowing more Australians to live and work in the UK.
Over the past two years the number of Australians coming to the UK to work has decreased by 50%. This is due to changes in the Immigration policies, which has seen a number of restrictions introduced. As the number of EU workers coming to the UK cannot be stopped, the Government put a limitation on the number of skilled workers outside the EU to 20,000.
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has raised the issue with the London Mayor as being ‘discriminatory against Australians’. Boris Johnson is allegedly lobbying British Prime Minister David Cameron to allow Australians to be placed in a different migration category
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