Numbers of Irish people working in UK rising again
The number of Irish workers employed in Britain increased by 1,000 in the three months to the end of September according to the Office for National Statistics.
The figure is a slight increase on the 163,000 recorded in the three months to the end of September, up from the figure of 162,000 in the previous three months.
In the first three months of 2007, 200,000 Irish people were working in the UK and that official statistic has been steadily declining until the most recent reversal of trend.
Overall the number of Irish people living in the UK has been rising. In the three months to the end of September, it rose from 357,000 to 375,000, making the Irish the second largest European Union nationality in the UK – behind Germans.
It comes as official unemployment here in the UK has fell to 5.3 per cent, its lowest rate in seven years.
The fall was announced UK’s quarterly unemployment update, to the end of September, and represent the lowest jobless rate in the country since the second quarter of 2008, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Overall, there are currently 1.75 million people out of work in the UK, a fall of 103,000 between July and September of this year.
There are 31.21 million people employed, a rise of 419,000 compared to the same period last year.
A record number of EU citizens are now working in the UK, an increase of 324,000 to 2.02million in the past year, the highest number since records began.
The figure for non-UK nationals from outside the EU is little changed at 1.2million.
In August, the number of people born in an EU country other than the UK and now working in Britain reached more than two million for the first time.
The number of non-UK nationals working in Britain has increased from 986,000 in 1997 to 3.2 million now, reflecting the admission of several new member states to the EU.
The numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain rose above 200,000 for the first time, said the ONS.
Between July and September this year, 219,00 people born in the two eastern European countries were employed in Britain, representing an increase of 30,000.
Restrictions on citizens of these countries working in the UK were lifted at the beginning of last year.
Romanian and Bulgarian workers top 200,000 for first time, say official figures.
The number of European Union workers in Britain has reached a record high of 2.1 million, the Office for National Statistics says, including a new high of 219,000 from Romania and Bulgaria.
The number of workers from the eight former Communist countries which joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, reached 982,000 between the end of July and the end of September – up 200,000 in just two years and another record.
The sharpest rise was among countries from the 14 “old” EU states such as Spain, Italy and Greece, which saw an increase of just under 19 per cent year-on- year.
It amounted to 140,000 people, bringing the “old Europe” total to 881,000.