Tom Hadley, REC director of policy and professional services, disagrees with Mr Miliband's calls to "ban recruitment agencies which use only foreign workers at the expense of local talent".
According to Mr Hadley, the remarks show a "fundamental lack of understanding" of the labour market.
"Agencies are there to help employers find the best workers available and willing to take up the job vacancies they need to fill. Recruiters don't drive demand, they respond to employers' needs and do not exclude candidates from being put forward for a job on the basis of their nationality," he added.
The "real debate" should be about how to build up the skills base in the country and encourage the widest range of jobseekers to consider jobs and careers in sectors where there is demand, Mr Hadley said.
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