The UK’s economy is recovering strongly, and the number of people looking for work is growing rapidly, the government’s chief statistician has said.
But many of the jobs that have been created since the Brexit vote are in the hospitality and accommodation sector.
Theresa May is aiming to create around 50,000 new jobs over the next five years by attracting more foreign workers, according to a government report published today.
Theresa May will launch the governments strategy to boost the UK’s foreign workforce in the next weeks speech and in her first interview since becoming prime minister on Friday, she will also say that more people are coming to the UK from other parts of the world, and that this will boost economic growth.
“I know that people have been asking me to announce jobs announcements over the past few weeks,” May said on Thursday, in her most-recent interview as prime minister.
“And I am so pleased that the British people are so supportive.
They want us to continue to build our economy.”
The government has also set a target of creating around 3,000 foreign direct investment (FDI) jobs by 2021.
But the number is not all being created in sectors like hospitality, and not all of the new jobs will be in sectors that are traditionally considered to be in the top tier of job creation, such as health and education.
In recent years, the number and size of jobs created in Britain have been limited by the closure of factories that are currently closed, and by the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs to the global financial crisis.
May said on Friday that the government is looking at bringing the number from manufacturing up to 2 million jobs by 2020.
Some of those new jobs are expected to be temporary, and many are likely to be found in sectors such as hospitality and tourism, where employers are struggling to retain and attract foreign workers.
More jobs are being created for those in the healthcare and education sectors, and for those aged 25-34, who have been hit particularly hard by the financial crisis and unemployment.
As part of the strategy, the prime minister said that in the coming years, a new generation of British workers will be needed in key sectors such in engineering, business, tourism and health.
A total of 5.7 million people are working in hospitality and catering, according the report.
Among those new workers will come from India and other Asian countries, as well as from countries such as Poland and Brazil.
Meanwhile, the report says the number for the accommodation and food industry is expected to rise from 1.4 million to 2.5 million, with the number in accommodation and catering rising to more than 3 million people.
With so many people coming to work, the UK will be facing an unemployment crisis by 2040, the authors say.
Labour market figures show that there are already around 1.5m people unemployed in the country, with more than one in four people unemployed at the end of 2020.
“It is clear that there is a large number of British people out there who would like a job,” the authors said.
“The job market has shown signs of recovery, but many people are still looking for jobs, which is why the government has announced plans to boost employment by bringing in more people from outside the EU.”
May also said that the number working in the private sector is expected grow from 2.4 to 3.6 million by 2020, with around 1 million people in the sector.
The authors estimate that there will be around 20 million people employed in the health and social care sectors by 2020 if current trends continue, which means that about half of the workforce in this sector will be foreign-born.
There is a shortage of jobs in the construction industry, which employs around 600,000 people.
May said that she would look at bringing in as many new workers as possible.
She said the government was “working closely” with employers to ensure that they “have the right skills and the right support” in order to fill vacancies in their sector.
May will say in her speech that the UK is at a “new and challenging” crossroads and that the “big challenge is finding a new way forward for our economy”.
The next few weeks will see May unveil a range of policies, including a package of spending measures designed to tackle the countrys financial problems, but she also wants to create the biggest tax reform package in the history of the country and a new, tougher regime for those who can’t find work.
However, May has not been shy in her criticism of the Brexit referendum, saying that the vote is the result of a “coup”, and said the Government has to find ways to ensure the country is “rebuilding”.
“If we are to grow our economy, it must be built by working hard and finding the right solutions,” May will say.
It’s also likely that the Government will