Iain Duncan Smith to issue plea re hiring unemployed

| July 1, 2011
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Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, is today expected to call on businesses to hire unemployed Britons rather than migrant workers.

In a speech to the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies in Madrid, the former Tory party leader will call on British firms to recruit young jobless people rather than relying on workers from overseas.

According to figures, 87% of the 400,000 jobs created in the UK in the last 12 months were given to foreign workers and his plea follows Gordon Brown’s pledge to create “British jobs for British workers” when he was Prime Minister in 2007.

He is expected to say: “Good immigration is managed immigration – it should not be an excuse to import labour to take up posts which could be filled by people already in Britain.

“Controlling immigration is critical or we will risk losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness.”

He will urge firms to give young people a chance but said the Government cannot do it all and needs the support of British firms.

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