A study reveals one in 10 firms plan to recruit migrant labour
Some firms insist migrants are more reliable, or better qualified
Tags: KPMG, CIPD, Alan Johnson, Gerwyn Davies
13th August 2009: If you are an immigrant looking for a job in the UK, head for hotels, catering and leisure industries; or else go in for transport and communications. Education sector too is lucrative.
For a study reveals, on an average, nearly one in 10 firms plan to recruit migrant labour; and over two-thirds of the employers in the hotels, catering and leisure industries, and more than half employers in transport and communications, claim difficulty in finding British workers to fill in the posts. A quarter of employers further claim they cannot find enough UK nationals to recruit. Some others insist migrants are more “reliable” or better qualified.
Statistically speaking, the number of UK-born in employment in three months to June 2009 has registered a fall compared to corresponding period last year. It is 25.10 million in three months to June, a fall of 625,000 from three months to June last year. On the other hand, the number of people born overseas in employment is 3.73 million, up by 22,000.
The report on demand for migrant workers from accountants KPMG and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development comes soon after Home Secretary Alan Johnson made clear the Government’s commitment to even higher levels of immigration.
Mr Johnson had, in fact, asserted the Government had a duty to make the case for yet more immigration, as a continuing influx of workers from across the seas would only boost the country’s economy. He had asserted: “I don’t think a cap (on immigration) is the answer because the problem with a cap is it’s an arbitrary figure, and what you need to do is to ensure that you make the case – and there is a very strong case – for the importance to our economy of migration.”
The latest findings make it clear Gordon Brown’s earlier claim of the Government encouraging “British jobs for British workers” is not realistic, after all.
The report also indicates 43 per cent of NHS employers and 28 per cent of the education bodies have same grounds to offer for recruiting migrant workers.
Public policy adviser at CIPD Gerwyn Davies says rather than raising barriers to skilled migrants, the best way to provide British jobs for British workers is to make Brits better equipped to compete in the jobs market.