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Tuesday, 30th September 2014

UK: The Growth of EU Labour: Assessing the Impact on the Labour Market

Source: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)

From the Foreword:

The net increase in migrant workers coming to the UK – particularly those from within the European Union unaffected by immigration policy because of their right to free movement – is the subject of a highly political and frequently polarised debate.

The most recent figures from the ONS show that net migration into the UK increased by more than 38% to 243,000 in 2013–14 (ONS, August 2014). EU citizens – including an increased number from Romania and Bulgaria – accounted for two-thirds of the growth from the previous figure of 175,000.

Opponents of migrant workers argue that they take up the jobs of UK-born workers, particularly younger workers, have a depressing effect on wages and put a strain on public services and infrastructure.

On the other side of the argument, supporters of migration say migrants are a key part of the UK’s flexible labour market, help meet skills shortages and help UK businesses grow and compete.

The report shows that there is much more nuance to the debate than is typically aired. Our research finds that organisations
that employ migrant workers are doing this to support business growth. Organisations that employ EU migrant workers are also more likely to invest in work experience, internships and Apprenticeships than those that don’t.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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