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UK employment growth driven by foreign nationals

The vast majority of employment growth was driven by non-UK nationals in the final three months of 2016 compared with a year earlier, the latest official figures on the labour market revealed.

Of the 303,000 more people in work between October and December compared with a year earlier, 233,000 were non-UK nationals, taking the total to 3.48 million according to the Office for National Statistics. UK nationals working in Britain increased by 70,000 over the same period to 28.44 million.

Over the past two decades, the number of non-UK nationals working in Britain has increased by more than a million, taking the proportion of the workforce from 3.8% to 10.9%

“Entrepreneurial” seven year old writes to Google for a job

After discussing her father’s work, Chloe Bridgewater decided she would like to work for Google and penned a letter beginning “dear Google boss”.

It was only the schoolgirl’s second letter, after her first to Father Christmas, and the search engine’s CEO Sundar Pichai wrote back.

“We were gobsmacked, but I don’t think Chloe could understand the magnitude of the reaction she’d got afterwards,” said father Andy “She’s got a great entrepreneurial spirit. Ever since nursery, she’s always been told in school reports she’s bright, hard-working and polite – we’re very proud of her.

Job market optimism as UK employment hits a high

The number of people unemployed in the UK fell to 1.6m in the quarter to December 2016, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS data reveals unemployment remained at 4.8%, while the number of people in work rose to a record high of 74.6% over the period.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of job board CV-Library, called the figures “positive news”.

“The employment rate is continuing to climb, which is positive news given that the final few months of the year can often see hiring levels stagnate.