Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, will make a speech later today urging businesses to employ British workers rather than recruiting people from abroad.
Commenting, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said:
“Businesses in this country need to have a highly skilled workforce and for many firms that means employing migrants. Employers need staff who can read, write and communicate properly, and our young people often lack these basic skills needed for the workplace.
“Getting more young people into work in this country doesn’t rely upon stemming the flow of skilled migrants coming to the UK. It’s about more than just additional training to get people into work. We need to provide our young people with the right skills at school in the first place, and overhaul our welfare system so it incentivises people to move into employment.
“The government is already acting to reduce the numbers of unskilled migrants coming to this country. But highly skilled foreign workers are important to our economy, and it is vital that they are allowed to enter the country so businesses can hire the workers they need.”