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By David Vance On November 17th, 2011

We face a major dilemma in the UK.

Around 500 foreigners landed a job in Britain every day over the past year while the number of UK-born workers plunged. Official figures yesterday painted a shockingly bleak picture of a jobs market in crisis as unemployment hit a 17-year high. The Office for National Statistics said the number of British-born workers has crashed by 311,000 in a year, equal to more than 850 a day. But in the same period, the number of foreign-born employees jumped by 181,000 – or 495 a day. Ministers admitted the situation was ‘unacceptable’, although bosses warned that many young British workers were too lazy and too bad at basics such as punctuality to be worth hiring. But experts said the latest figures highlight the urgency of tackling the immigration problem.

I can see both sides of this story.

On the one hand, the continual inflow of foreign workers means that there ARE less jobs for UK born workers. This seems a crazy policy but it is the one that Labour put in place and which the Coalition seems unable or unwilling to do that much about. Our economy and our society cannot flourish without engaging with our OWN British born potential workers.

But there IS the other perspective and as an EMPLOYER I fully recognise the comments by business leaders that some young UK workerts are lazy and badly educated with no sense of purpose or drive. I find this poor education to be the real killer and wonder HOW this can be when each year our Education boasts about how brighter students are becoming, getting better qualifications every year?

Of course Government should pursue a policy of maximising UK born employment. But those seeking such must obtain the basic skills to make them worthy of employment. Over the years I have interviewed dozens of graduates, most of whom struggled with basic maths and English grammar. The scam in Education gets exposed in the interview room and I feel sorry for those clutching their brace of qualifications without realising that they are essentially unemployable.


  1. I’m guessing that useful people like the legions of media studies degree holders are struggling to find employment worthy of their ‘grandeur’.
    It’s fine to aim for 90% going to Uni but unless they study, Maths Physics, Chemistry eg the HARD sciences just wht use will they be to industry?

    Last night one of these people said on TV that he couldn’t get a decent job and didn’t want to work for an Insurance Firm. The emphasis with which he spat out Insurance firm really resonated with me. See I work for an Insurance Firm have done since leaving education. Never been out of a job even for a day (touches wood). So any sympathy I may have had kind of evaporated. I beleive there is an element of reluctance to start in entry level positions…ie they have an unwarranted sense of entitlement that is a bar to their employment. Foreigners seem to be willing to just get on in and graft. I think that explains why they get jobs and our yoof’s just cannot be arsed.

  2. Totally agree.

  3. I’ve been having some building work done. An Irish bricklayer with a Rumanian Labourer. Now I accept bricklaying is a skill which needs to be learnt, but labouring?
    Presumably because none of our youth want to dig, or shovel, or mix cement, or shift bricks, or even start work at 8am.
    Incidentally, the Rumanian is well educated and speaks better English than many of our own youngsters today. He measured up the areas to be blocked paved and worked out the number of blocks needed on a scrap of paper without a calculator. How many of our school leavers could do that?

    But then as Britain is well down in the European education league in the most important subjects, who is surprised that no one wants to employ our school leavers, I certainly wouldn’t.

  4. Ministers admitted the situation was ‘unacceptable’

    Oh yawn.

    Ministers support the notion that 350 million have as much right to live in the UK as Britons do. They support the uneducation policies which have been catastrophic for generations.

    Every year, hundreds of thousands of teenagers leave school unable to read, write or do maths properly. At the very point when they are free to make productive lives they are cynical and demotivated. The uneducation system leaves them culturally and psychologically cut off from the society into which they were born, unfit for employment and without any ambition. When it does manage to cram anything into childrens’ minds now it’s eco-babble and Marxist tosh.

    If state education were a private firm it would have chased away its last customer a long time ago. It’s a con, like the NHS it’s a monstrous state make-work scheme, a fiefdom for trade union leaders on very salaries.

  5. This illiteracy is nothing new, it is just more widespread nowadays. A long time ago I used to teach an artisan class at the local Poly, I was surprised to find on my first day, that three out of ten of the sixteen year olds taking the class, were unable to read or write in any coherent fashion, one was even unable to write his own name!

    Since then I have met others, most are reticent in admitting their inability, but the trend seems to now be to be towards an aggressive admission, – a sneery ‘So what?’ style of reply becoming more common, which, naturally makes one a tad sceptical of wasting time and effort in offering to help them.

    There was a time when an education, even a basic one, was a valued asset among us working class folk. It was a first step to improving our ‘lot’ in life.

    Could it be that excessive welfare has destroyed this most basic desire, this desire to become educated? Could it be yet another unintended consequence a bigoted political philosophy? – it certainly looks like it.

    Anyway who, of the younger generation, listens to anything these days, if it isn’t set to music and accompanied by a few backflips, and sung by scantily clad bimbo? …

  6. Dogis,
    “I’m guessing that useful people like the legions of media studies degree holders are struggling to find employment worthy of their ‘grandeur’.”

    This and similar courses were designed to minimise the number of youngsters swelling the ranks of the unemployed. They were never meant to lead to profitable jobs.

    What does that tell us? That our current crop of politicians (but especially Labour),are not interested in making our economy viable productive and prosperous: they are only interested in staying in power.
    That’s all there is to it, and the more I think about it the more I would say we would be far better off with the kind of minimalist government we had when this country was known as Great Britain.
    The country’s ills grow in direct proportion to the growth of Government.

  7. Ernest,
    Quite right.
    Send the bimbo round right now!
    As Frasier might say,
    “I-I-I-I’m listening! 🙂

  8. Agit8ed,

    You watch too much tv!…