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Hire from home first - Minister

Companies have a "social duty" to hire British workers before immigrants, a Conservative minister has said.

Matthew Hancock said companies should consider recruiting locally rather than immediately take what he called "the easy option" of hiring from abroad.

Firms with apprenticeship schemes had a workforce that was more "motivated and connected", he suggested.

Mr Hancock, who is in charge of skills policy at the Department for Business, said that while British firms were not legally obliged to prioritise local workers, he believed they had a responsibility to support local employment, the BBC has reported.