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REC refutes suggested link between youth unemployment and migration

REC refutes suggested link between youth unemployment and migration

 

The REC has responded to a report by Migrationwatch UK out today, which links the rise in youth unemployment to increased numbers of people coming from Eastern Europe to work in the UK,

Commenting on its findings, Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of Policy, said:

"The reality is that we have a competitive, pan-European jobs market. This is a good thing. The key is to ensure that young job-seekers in the UK have the necessary attitude, skills and awareness to compete.

“Youth unemployment remains a critical issue in the UK and requires targeted action by government, employers and education, as the REC's own Youth Employment Taskforce has long campaigned for. However, it is wrong to suggest that there is a clear correlation between youth unemployment and a rise in Eastern European workers. We need genuine, informed debate on immigration and labour mobility but must avoid easy assumptions on the causality between migration and youth unemployment. 

“Despite the high number of job-seekers, the feedback from recruitment professionals confirms that finding suitable candidates for certain roles remains a challenge. What we are facing is fundamentally a skills and employability issue. The focus must be on giving the next generation of UK workers the right careers guidance and support to make informed decisions and progress within the jobs market.”

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