Thursday, May 16, 2013

Number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain up 15% in a year to 103,000 even before restrictions are lifted

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has jumped by 15 per cent over the past year to a record 112,000 – even though they cannot yet work freely in the UK.

Some 14,000 extra people from the former Eastern bloc states found jobs last year – equal to 38 people every day, data from the Office for National Statistics revealed yesterday.

It comes amid fears of a huge influx of Romanians and Bulgarians next year when the restrictions on their rights to work in Britain are lifted.