Assumption that employers choose migrants over UK born workers is a myth, research finds

British employers who hire EU migrants over UK born job seekers do so for their experience and commitment rather than lower pay, reports the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD).

At the Labour party conference this week, Ed Miliband said
"If you want to bring in a worker from outside the EU, that’s ok but you must provide apprenticeships to the next generation." The findings from the CIPD report suggest that this proposed policy is not rooted in evidence: on the contrary, the CIPD find that firms which recruit migrants are more likely to invest in apprenticeships and internships when compared to employers who don’t recruit migrants.

The evidence also points to migrants being recruited for their skills, experience and qualifications rather than as cheap labour, and that firms that employ migrants are more likely to be expanding, which in turn allows more job offers to be given to locals.

However, as discussed by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research(NIESR), migrant workers are being underutilised in our economy, with migrants frequently working beneath their levels of qualifications and skills, usually in low paid and low skilled work. Reasons for this include discrimination, non-recognition of qualifications, agency recruitment and language skills. There is also a possibility that migrants sacrifice the use of some skills for other gains, such as a learning English.

For a more in-depth discussion of the report findings and their implications from the NIESR,click here
For the full new story from the Financial Times click here.