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Driven by a high unemployment rate, The Times is reporting that British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has altered the rules regarding overseas job advertisements. Under existing rules, employers are required to advertise a job vacancy for up to two weeks in the UK before advertising overseas. Now, however, employers will also be required to advertise openings for skilled workers in the JobCentre Plus network. The new rules are intended to help fulfill Prime Minister Gordon Brown's controversial promise in 2007 to keep
British jobs for British workers.