Nomad63 wrote:"No evidence that foreign workers are competing with UK workers for jobs"
What?, if Foreign workers are getting any UK jobs then simple logic says they are competing in the UK market
For what you are saying to be true, then every Foreign worker in the UK is doing a job that no UK resident has applied for.
I don't believe that for one second
Current UK unemployment rate is 3.9% which actually means that economic growth is starting to get impacted by lack of work force.
Much emphasis is put by the media on workers from Eastern Europe on low paid jobs in agriculture, horticulture, gastronomy, hostelry but a lot of EU workers are working in highly skilled jobs were there are not enough British folks trained (doctors/nurses/industrial engineers, culinary chefs etc etc)
The latter is nothing new. When I applied for an NHS job 25 years ago there were 5 applicants for 12 jobs.
3 UK trained junior doctors and 2 from the Netherlands.
7 unfilled vacancies - they were never filled.
There are currently some 15000 doctor vacancies across the UK and 40000 for nurses.
Curry houses and GP practices are closing because there are not enough people to do the work. JLR opened up facilities in the Eastern Europe rather than move workforce to the UK.
Much of the red top and brexiteer's ire is directed at immigrants and the EU, it might be more useful to direct it to HMG for miss managing the essentials which have lead to the requirements to import work force.