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More jobs for foreign workers

A HUGE influx of construction workers to the UK from the Commonwealth is expected after a change in overseas workers' rules.

The working holidaymaker visa scheme was relaxed on Monday to allow more employees to be taken on from Commonwealth countries.

Under previous regulations anyone aged between 17 and 27 could come to the UK for an extended holiday for up to two years. But during this time they were only allowed to do casual labour and were not allowed to pursue a career.

Now the age limit for the scheme has been extended to 30 and those taking up the option can work full time.

Recruitment agency Beresford Blake Thomas is among firms that have noticed increased interest with a 60 per cent rise in applications.

Director Richard Dobell said: 'It is revealing that the majority of this increase in applications is from people who were not previously eligible, which means employers are getting more candidates for jobs.'