'Firms should put unemployed Britons first'
Friday 1st July 2011
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will today tell British firms that they should look to take on jobless young Britons before recruiting workers from abroad.
It follows the revelation in official statistics that almost 90% of the 400,000 jobs created in the UK in the past year went to foreign workers.
In a speech to the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies in Madrid, Duncan Smith will say: "If we do not get this right then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group who will be the most affected are young people.
"But government cannot do it all. As we work hard to break welfare dependency and get young people ready for the labour market, we need businesses to give them a chance, and not just fall back on labour from abroad.
"If government and business pull together on this, I believe we can finally start to give our young people a chance."
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