Thursday, March 05, 2009
BRITONS' OLYMPIC JOB SNUB
MORE than 10,000 National Insurance numbers have been issued to foreigners in London’s Olympic borough in the last six months, it was revealed yesterday.
The number of overseas workers seeking jobs in Newham, centrepiece of the 2012 Olympics, is higher than for any other area in Britain, and rising.The influx, despite the recession, will intensify questions of just how many of the jobs created in preparing for the Olympics are going to local workers.
Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green said: “It looks like the Government have failed to train enough construction workers in the area to compete for the jobs we need to build the Olympic stadium.
What a commentary on how they have let Londoners down.”The statistics, from the Department for Work and Pensions, show that in the six months between April and September last year, 10,680 National Insurance numbers were issued to foreign citizens in Newham. More than a third were from eastern Europe, although the biggest single group was from India – nearly 1,800 of the total.