Foreigners fill half of all new jobs - Telegraph
By Christopher Hope, Home Affairs Correspondent Last Updated: 10:26am GMT 31/10/2007
The revelation was the second embarrassment over immigration figures for ministers in the space of 24 hours.
First, on Monday night, the government was forced to admit that the number of migrant workers who had taken jobs since Labour came to power was 1.1million, rather than the previous figure given of 800,000.
However, in interviews yesterday morning, Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, insisted that the majority of jobs created since 1997 had gone to British workers with immigrants taking just 40.7 per cent. But last night it emerged that the 1.1million migrant workers constituted 52 per cent of the 2.1 million new jobs created under Labour.
Chris Grayling, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said: "The Home Secretary is either being deliberately misleading or does not know what is going on."
There was further speculation last night that the figure was higher still, after the Government admitted that it did not include immigrants in temporary accommodation.
Frank Field, a former cabinet minister, claimed the figure should be 1.6 million as the new estimate was based on figures from 2003, before the European Union was enlarged.