London Mayor Boris Johnson tells young unemployed to learn from foreigners

16:37 20 January 2012

Boris Johnson says young unemployed people in London should learn from the work ethic of foreigners snapping up jobs in the capital

Boris Johnson says young unemployed people in London should learn from the work ethic of foreigners snapping up jobs in the capital

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told young unemployed people in the capital to learn from the work ethic of foreigners.

Mr Johnson, who will again be the Tory candidate in May’s mayoral election, said London is “a fantastic creator of jobs” — but many vacancies are being snapped up by hardworking immigrants.

.He said: “They are hardworking, good people, and we need to learn from them and understand what it is that they have got that makes them able to get those jobs that young Londoners don’t have.”

He went on: “There are large numbers of job vacancies. Why are young people not taking up those jobs? How can we help them? That is the key problem for our economy.

“Let’s talk about the work ethic. I don’t want to stigmatise young people because many of them do have the aptitude. But we need to face up to these issues.

“In some cases it can come down to the fact that the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them.

“These are tough things to say for people facing hardship.”

In his interview with The Sun, Mr Johnson continued: “In this city, there are jobs going. It’s vital that Londoners have the skills and the aptitude but also the energy and the appetite for work as well.”

This week it was revealed unemployment has reached a 17-year high and the number of young people out of work has reached a record level.

The figure jumped by 118,000 to 2.68 million in the three months to November, the worst since the summer of 1994, giving the UK a jobless rate of 8.4 per cent.

The number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds increased by 52,000 over the quarter to 1.04 million, the highest since records began in 1992, while the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance in December increased by 1,200 to 1.6 million, the highest for a year after the 10th consecutive monthly rise.

A YouGov poll has put Labour’s Ken Livingstone slightly ahead of Mr Johnson Johnson in the race for City Hall.

Mr Johnson stands on 49 per cent, trailing two points behind challenger Mr Livingstone on 51.

Brian Paddick for the Liberal Democrats, lags way behind on seven per cent.

Do you agree with the Mayor’s comments on young unemployed people’s work ethic, or lack of it? Add your own comments below.

Related articles

Latest Stories

40 minutes ago
This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley  (AP Photo)

An American journalist has been beheaded on video by an ISIS fighter in Syria - who is believed to be from London.

Read more
This photo shows Mr Nash with the bike before it was stolen. He has been training on it all year and urgently needs to recover it before the race on September 21.  [Image courtesy of Metropolitan Police]

Thieves have stolen a bicycle worth £7,000 - just weeks before its owner hoped to raise money for cancer sufferers in a charity triathlon.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:37
Alfred Ajani was spotted at Waterloo this morning (Picture: Twitter/@JayrokOnline)

A graduate found success with an unorthodox method of jobseeking after he stood at Waterloo station with a placard stating his credentials during rush-hour.

Read more

TOP Stories

40 minutes ago
This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley  (AP Photo)

An American journalist has been beheaded on video by an ISIS fighter in Syria - who is believed to be from London.

This photo shows Mr Nash with the bike before it was stolen. He has been training on it all year and urgently needs to recover it before the race on September 21.  [Image courtesy of Metropolitan Police]

Thieves have stolen a bicycle worth £7,000 - just weeks before its owner hoped to raise money for cancer sufferers in a charity triathlon.

Yesterday, 18:37
Alfred Ajani was spotted at Waterloo this morning (Picture: Twitter/@JayrokOnline)

A graduate found success with an unorthodox method of jobseeking after he stood at Waterloo station with a placard stating his credentials during rush-hour.

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

When no simple way to find Real Ale was at hand, 4 Ale enthusiasts got together to allow anyone with a smart phone to find Real Ale no matter where they happened to be, this was the birth of the Perfect Pint app.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Will the relaxtion of the rules on phone use open the floodgates to selfie madness at The National Gallery (Picture via Getty)

Will the National Gallery become selfie central after it removes the ban on photography to avoid confusion over visitors using the new Wi-Fi?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The television programme Whose Line is it Anyway? showcased the art of improv

Now that whole regiments of London comedians have dissolved in the festival mists north of the border it’s a good time to sample a different sort of humour.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Carlisle Bay in the Caribbean has 9 courts

Tennis anyone? Wimbledon might be over but that’s no reason to let the racket get dusty.

Quizzes

Can you guess the Tube station just from the outside? (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

How well do you know your Tube stations? Can you guess these Underground stops from the pictures taken outside them?

Read more
But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

You might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more