British firms rush to offer jobs

British companies are turning to Romanian workers to fill job vacancies as restrictions on the UK labour market are lifted from today.

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Workers from Romania and Bulgaria will be able to work freely in the UK

British companies are turning to Romanian workers to fill job vacancies as restrictions on the UK labour market are lifted from today.

Employers are advertising nearly 5,000 positions on Tjobs.ro, a Romanian recruitment website which claims to help 160,000 find work.

Some 4,896 jobs were advertised today as being available in England, along with 80 in Northern Ireland, 24 in Scotland and 20 in Wales.

Among them are 50 nursing positions in southern England, 100 private hire taxi drivers, 10 GPs in Liverpool, 100 warehouse metallurgists and 20 carpenters in London.

Other roles include chefs, carers for the elderly, secretaries, au pairs, butchers and warehouse workers.

Workers from Romania and Bulgaria will be able to work freely in the UK from today after temporary labour restrictions were lifted under EU treaty rules.

But Raluca Stefanescu, of Tjobs, told The Times that a major influx was unlikely because many of the Romanians who wanted to move to the UK were already here.

She told the newspaper: "Most of the Romanians (who travel to the UK) choose to leave the country for economic reasons and according to our statistics more than 80 per cent are planning to work abroad for a few years, save money and came back to buy a small house and maybe start a small business."

Laszlo Andor, the European Commissioner for Employment, said the UK was unlikely to experience a large surge in immigration from the two countries because many Bulgarians and Romanians have already been able to settle in other EU countries.

Eight other countries imposed similar curbs, which are being lifted at the same time - Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain and The Netherlands.

As of today, Austria had 245 jobs advertised on Tjobs.ro, Belgium 25, France 591, Germany 2,055, Luxembourg 50, Malta 95, Spain 130 and The Netherlands 214.