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Non-UK born people in employment: Sunday Times, 14 August 2011

An article in the Sunday Times claimed that ONS figures showed that 99 per cent of new jobs created under Labour went to people from abroad. Aileen Simkins wrote to point out that ONS did not produce figures for new jobs, and that the figures we do produce on net change in employment paint a rather different picture. 

 

Sir

You claim that "according to the Office for National Statistics, of the 1.8m new jobs created under Labour, 99% were taken by immigrants" ('Fixing Broken Britain', Sunday Times 14 August 2011).

This is not correct. Firstly ONS does not produce estimates of jobs created. However, we do produce figures for employment by country of birth, from which net change over time can be calculated.

The preferred measure for the numbers employed is all those aged 16 and over. As these estimates are not seasonally adjusted, the most accurate measure of change over time is to compare the same quarter in each year. The latest data shows a net increase of 2.474 million people in employment between the second quarter of 1997 and the second quarter of 2010. For those not born in Britain, there was a net increase of 1.885 million people in employment  - or 76 per cent of the increase for the population as a whole.

Yours faithfully,

Aileen Simkins
Director of Operations, Economic Statistics
Office for National Statistics

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