There was a time when newspapers across Britain screamed headlines about millions of unskilled immigrants roaming the country’s streets. That’s not the case now however. For as recent figures have revealed, the immigrants who travel to the country from all around the world end up beating the local Britons when it comes to getting good jobs.
According to the analysis carried out by the ONS, over 21 percent of immigrants to the country held jobs in banking, insurance and finance sectors which comparatively employed only 17 percent of local Britons. The study revealed that UK nationals were more concentrated in education, health and public administration sectors (almost 29 percent) when compared to only 23 percent of foreign nationals who were employed in these areas.
The analysis also confirmed that over 38 percent of immigrants had finished a degree or higher qualification when compared to only 29 percent of Britons who hold degrees. Another rather startling fact revealed by the ONS pertains to the number of immigrants above 3 years of age who can speak English we well as their native language (over 3.6 million which encompasses over 90 percent of the total immigrant population in the UK) as opposed to just 70000 immigrants who not speak English fluently or at all.
A report published by another organization called OCED revealed how over 50 percent of locals in Europe and Canada believe that immigrants get more from the government than they give back. They claim that immigrants would need to pay lesser taxes than the locals and so, would become a burden for the public purse, causing it to drain with time.
The report was quashed by following reports from both the OCED and ONS which claimed that immigrants neither contribute to nor drain the economy of the country they live in. The reports also state how these foreign nationals could actually contribute significantly to the country’s social and economic status, without taking back too much in return. These reports also revealed that almost 17 percent of the immigrant population was in the country to study, a stark comparison the local Britons who made just 8.1 percent of the student population in the UK.
The only arenas where both the foreign nationals and local Britons managed to remain equal were employment (60 percent & 61 percent respectively), and economic activeness (65 percent & 64 percent respectively).
In the employment sector, it was found out that while at least 18 percent of UK nationals were more inclined to take up jobs in technical, professional and associate professional levels, at least 13 percent of foreign nationals were more drawn towards elementary and professional occupations.
All this information boils down to one thing; the fact that immigrants are slowly, and steadily rising in par with UK nationals in terms of educational, professional, social and economic growth. And no matter what the locals would want to say about the foreign nationals outshining them in various venues, the fact remains that their government is willing to pay less for talent and get back much more in return. Possibly when that changes, the Britons could have something concrete to talk about!