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EU workers 'have little impact' on UK jobs
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The reported influx of migrant workers from EU countries does not have a considerable impact on UK jobs, the business secretary has said.
Lord Mandelson said the foreign workers are helping to fill vacancies in jobs that Britons do not want.
He said there were still around 500,000 jobs yet to be filled and that EU workers are having no "discernable impact" on British wage packets.
Lord Mandelson added more jobs had been created in retail and hospitality sectors and said there are now 600,000 more British nationals employed than seven years ago.
The government had been criticised for seemingly failing on its promise of "British jobs for British workers".
But at the European scrutiny committee meeting this week, Lord Mandelson allayed fears by reporting the figures.
He said: "I think it's important to note at the outset that the nationals coming here from the original eight new accession countries are helping to fill gaps in our labour market our British nationals are either not available to fill or are unwilling to fill."