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'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."

Is he right? Are we in danger of seeing a generation of young Britons lost to a culture of joblessness and dependency? Tell us what you think using the comment section below

Mike Jones

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Added by Anon. on 2011-07-02 14:36:19

I think that IDS is probably 10 years too late, as we now have an influx of transient labour, often in the lower end of the wage scale, who are claiming more in child/working tax credit and family allowance than they will ever paback into the system. A serious overhaul of thae generous benefits system in the UK, would mean not only would the uk no longer be the first port of call for foreign labour, but would give the UK workers who are currently found wanting the kick up the backside they need if they are going to stay fed.
Added by Jon Bennett-Snewin on 2011-07-02 07:52:09

IDS is right. However the focus should not be solely on young people. Baby Boomers are all over 50 now.There are 30M of them. Not many have Jobs.
Added by Adrian on 2011-07-01 17:41:17

He is right. If you get a job with an agency you find 90% plus are foreign workers and most don't speak english in the work place. So if they speak you don't understand what they say and they stick together and try and push you out. I've been there and found out what it's like. Just like working in a foreign country at times.
Added by Glauco on 2011-07-01 16:58:36

Evidently foreign workers are cheaper. However, I don't believe this statistic. This article is too generic and does not go through details and facts. It's populist, like Ducan Smith.
Added by Mike B on 2011-07-01 16:22:59

With all the problems of employment and national debt, are we not addressing the effect and not the cause. The average minimum monthly wage in China varies from province to province but is around US$ 180 (£112). India is possibly less!

To stand any chance of competeting with the low cost imports from these countries, we need to be on an equal footing and we know this is not going to happen.

The only alternative is to restrict imports from China and India, which would improve employment in the UK and assist in reducing our national debt. In addition, charity should begin at home and providing these countries with foreign aid from money which we have borrowed is utter madness.

Unless our government has the courage to take such action, bankruptcy is guaranteed!
Added by JS on 2011-07-01 16:16:34

I think he is absolutely right, and think it high time we sorted out our own country and people before we offer jobs and benefits to immigrants, other countries don't do it so why should we continually pay out
Added by Minnie on 2011-07-01 16:12:47

Businesses are not charities, they need to make a profit and cannot carry dead wood. Don't blame foreign workers, the socialist ideology of the previous government created this problem. IDS needs to be realistic and recognise that a lot of our young people don't have the right skills or attitude for work. Some prefer to live on the state because its easy and its what they've seen their parents do, courtesy of our generous welfare system. It is good to see apprentice schemes coming back again, giving young people more opportunities to learn the right trade and develop life long skills. Educate and train them correctly, and then companies will take them on.
Added by mike on 2011-07-01 15:43:41

Close the doors to our Country while its still ours, bloody greedy gaffers.
come out of Europe saving One hundred and sixty eight billion pounds.
Cut overseas Aid at least for now.
But a first is to stop any more influx into our Country we will burst at the seams.
Added by Charlie on 2011-07-01 15:19:28

Nothing new here.This has been happening in my sector for a long time now, most brits who are the least qualified get the jobs, and that why our sector is none performing. It was darwin (a fellow brit) who made popular "survival of the fittest" if they cant survive let them starve (no more benefit!)these our people are too obssessed with lewd behavior to actually learn how to function in a "normal work oriented environment". The society needs to address this by revamping the whole attitude system 'from parents to the young' to fix this problem or esle its best the government take over all businesses and then employ incompetent people. This way they can continue to promote irresponsibility for your actions!Take a cue from sports, the best comes first and the last leaves with nothing. Why should one have losers in their game! To expect this to happen is just plain wickeness and preying on businesses to fail!
Added by known unknown on 2011-07-01 14:40:26

Yep, finally, across Europe the fascist regime of the lefties and socialists is crumbling to dust like the Iron Curtain, and people are waking up to the evils of socialism and globalisation... small state, leave the EU, and immigrants out... that is the way, the truth, and the light... it should be pretty self-evident now.

The obvious problem is that the cancer of socialism has devastated the domestic workforce, and it will take time to repair that damage by destroying the unions, dismantling the toxic welfare state and gerrymandered socialist urban enclaves, and inculcating a new generation with entrepreneurial and technical skills and mindset; stopping and deporting immigrants will just have to be phased in over time, but withdrawal from the EU is urgent before we are sucked into a vortex of economic bailout blackmail.

Discrimination is not morally wrong; discrimination is morally right... in fact, discrimination is a duty.
Added by Andy on 2011-07-01 14:33:53

What is a foreign worker? Do they fly here every day? Or are they non uk passport holders? I suspect they live here,have families, pay taxes. Why is that a problem? If a lazy Brit does not want to work let someone else, probably more qualified, have it. Where do these statistics come from? Shall we meet tonight? Most of these 400,000 jobs, I suspect , are not good enough for all our university graduates. Trained at huge expense for no job.
Added by john lincoln on 2011-07-01 14:24:57

Interesting having just conducted interviews for a low skill position IDS needs to actually get out of London and sit with a small business owner to see the calibre of his young british workforce. If you manage to look through the tattoos,piercings and general appearance,you are faced with a generation of kids who want everything are qualified for nothing and blame everyone else for their current situation,a bit like the last government.We have tried our hardest to recruit uk kids but in reality the imported people always show up for work are tidy presentable and most of all hard working.As a person who stands for God save the queen and injections in the bum this is hard to take but sadly true
Added by JOAN SHAW on 2011-07-01 14:20:41

Added by unknown on 2011-07-01 14:15:31

he is wrong. he is only bringing in indirect disrimination. the foreign workers in quote are here already. contributing to the economy without option of benefits and what i think is that;recruitment of staff should recon with competence and skills rather than discrimination and racism.
Most of the so called foreign workers paid thousands of pounds to get the right education. Govenrment should look into educating the britons 1st to enable them compete effectively in the labour market.

Tuition has been raised now and the institutions are depending on these overseas student who are being discriminated against in the labour market. That seems unfair and the whole process need to be looked into.
Added by mrr jelly on 2011-07-01 14:03:16

Yes but will the 'jobless young britons' be interested in applying for any of these jobs? Anyway, more inportantly, I wonder if this interesting development and suggestion from IDS indicates the beginning of the end of the UK's catastrophic dabble as a full and over-complying, over-contributing member of the EU per se? I for one fervently hope so!
Added by Liverpool Lil on 2011-07-01 14:02:43

Of course we should be looking after our own young first when jobs are available. To be honest it's what the French do - they will always give a job to their own before they would give one to someone from outside of France. I for one cannot see anything wrong with this argumemt at all. In families you look after your own first although offering hospitality to visitors. So should we as a nation offer hospitality but not at the expense of our own.
Added by Alan on 2011-07-01 13:59:18

Much though I admire IDS and the changes he is introducing, he is misguided when asking companies to prefer British unemployed workers. Companies must make profits to remain in existence. Therefore companies must employ the best available staff. The problem is not one of British v. the Rest, but is the catastrophic unlimited immigration policy. Get us out of Europe!
Added by chris weatherley on 2011-07-01 13:55:57

of course jobs should go to Brits first...how are we to pay for all these people who turn up for our free healthcare and education and benefits unless we are all toiling away at work all day?
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