Immigrant workers stats ‘dodgy’—Wetherspoon’s Martin
9 July, 2012
British pubs are continuing to recruit British staff despite recent reports about a flood of immigrant workers, J D Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin claims.
In an interview with the Press Association, Martin said of the 3,300 jobs created by Wetherspoon from 100 new pubs over the last two years, 90% had gone to British-born applicants.
Martin said: “I have read reports that most jobs being created have gone to immigrants, which seem to be accepted as the truth. But that is not my experience—in fact the difference is startling. I am definitely not saying that UK workers are great and foreign workers are bad. We have fantastic candidates from foreign workers, but they are equalled by UK-born employees.”
Martin was responding to a wave of recent statistics about foreign workers, including the claim from recruitment agency Berkeley Scott that the majority of jobs advertised to cater for this summer’s London Olympics were likely to go to overseas workers. He said: “There are a lot of dodgy statistics flying around. There is no question that UK workers can compete with the best in the world.”
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