One in six Romanian and Bulgarian migrants work more than 40 hours per week, compared with just a third of British employees.
A total of 3.4 million people working in Britain last year were from abroad, equating to 11 per cent of the total workforce. They comprised 2.2 million EU nationals and 1.2 million non-EU nationals.
One in seven people working in wholesale and retail are foreign. One in 12 working in manufacturing are from the eight central and eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “Today’s release confirms that some sectors of the economy employ large numbers of EU migrants…business must now focus on recruiting and training from the domestic workforce and wean itself off the cheaper East European option.
“Employers should turn to overseas workers only when they face genuine skills or labour shortages. Work permits confined to those offered skilled work on the same basis that applies to non-EU nationals could achieve a reduction of around 100,000 a year; this would go a long way towards delivering on the government’s promise to reduce overall net migration.”
The report said the highest number of migrant workers are employed in elementary occupations, such as selling goods or cleaning, with 669,000, including 510,000 EU nationals.
This is followed by professional occupations, with an estimated 658,000 non-UK nationals, including 352,000 from the EU.
April 6th, 2017: Telegraph