Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Unemployment in Britain in 2011

British Jobs not for British People
Unemployment in Britain for the current year 2011 has reached a situation of no return, as 87% of vacant jobs go to foreign workers, and only 13% to British people. These unbelievable figures have been released by the press, and come from credible research conducted by members of Parliament.

According to figures released in the latter half of 2010 by the British Government, there are millions of people on out-of-work related benefits, of which about 1.5 million are on jobseekers allowance (JSA).

However, there are many British people looking for work who do not claim JSA or other out-of-work related benefits, and so the actual extent of unemployment in Britain is much higher than the official unemployment rate, which, according to the Guardian, is currently at 7.7%.

Available Jobs
The Office for National Statistics calculates the 2011 employment rate in Britain for people aged between 16 and 64 at 70.6%. The almost 30% of the population aged between 16 and 64 who are not working includes students, people receiving illness-related benefits, workers who have received an early pension and those who are in search of work.

The number of available jobs in Britain is generally a few hundred thousand, and so it can be assumed that JSA claimants and students leaving college or university are competing for these work offers at a rate of one vacant job for possibly 10 or 15 unemployed people.

Recent plans by the Government to reduce hundreds of thousands of public sector jobs over the coming years are bound to add to the competition between those who are unemployed and those leaving school or university.

But the fact that the vast majority of available jobs are given to foreign workers means that the chances of a British person in unemployment finding work are very slim indeed. It means that there are possibly 80 or 100 unemployed British people who stand an actual chance of getting one vacant job!

British Jobs for British People
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, announced on the 1 July 2011 that employers in the United Kingdom must do more to employ British people rather than rely on foreign labour.

Voices have been raised challenging this stance on the grounds of racial discrimination laws. Many in Britain, however, believe that discrimination against British people who are caught up in unemployment is the actual reason why almost 90% of jobs go to non British people.

Iain Duncan Smith spoke of a lost generation, of people depending on benefits, and of his desire to prevent another generation being consigned to dependency and hopelessness. He also said: “If government and business pull together on this, I believe we can finally start to give our young people a chance."

There is also a work placement scheme that is soon to come into effect. This law will enable the job centres managing unemployment in Britain to direct job seekers to available posts, where they will be required to work 30 hours a week for one month while receiving their usual benefits.

During this period, the employer will have the chance to assess the person's skill and ability, and decide whether to employ them in return for the standard wage. To refuse to attend a work placement, however, would lead to the job seeker losing Jobseekers allowance for at least three months.

It now remains to be seen if so many employers in Britain's private sector will go on discriminating against British people and consign another generation to hopelessness. They could hide behind accusations of racial discrimination against foreign workers if they are not allowed to continue employing almost exclusively foreign labour, but if they manage to continue along these lines, another generation will be lost to unemployment in Britain.

Article written by D. Alexander, 5 July 2011.

Related links:

UK jobs: how British people are systematically excluded from basic sectors of employment and denied the right to work.

British Party campaigning for the rights of British people to be free from racial discrimination when it comes to employment in our own Country:

Will Prosperity come to Britain in 2012?

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