Gerwyn Davies

Migrant workers minimising skill shortages and helping drive up-skilling

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UK industry and commerce have long called for a flexible, highly-skilled workforce – and the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the growing number of migrants coming to the UK (who have a definite job to go to) play a valuable role in minimising skill shortages, as well as encouraging organisations to invest in up-skilling their employee-base.

The latest Migration Statistics Quarterly Report from the ONS, reported by the CIPD  suggests a distinct correlation between immigration and up-skilling, with Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser for the CIPD, commenting: “This shows that the majority of employers looking to address recruitment difficulties by recruiting migrant workers are also investing in up-skilling their existing workforce and providing more job opportunities for young people. This has helped reduce skill shortages and also contain wage inflation – two factors which have contributed positively to delaying any decision on raising UK interest rates.”

Davies goes on to note: “A competitive, flexible labour market is a key reason why businesses are able to access the talent and skills that they need. However, UK policy makers must recognise the need to close the gap between education and work, if we’re to ensure that British workers are equipped with the skills that will enable them to compete for jobs on a level playing field. We also need to rebalance our labour market, to reduce the large proportion of low-skilled jobs in the UK (relative to international standards) and to invest in skills so more people can get into work – and get on at work.”

With ‘Productivity’ as well as ‘Employment’ now a key measure of future success for the UK economy, this latest report makes for fascinating reading. Many of our own clients are now engaged in a continual search for talent across the world. If the inward ‘migration’ of talent helps raise the UK skill-base and productivity, as well as meeting the immediate short-term need for scarce skills, then the argument for liberalising the regulations for inward migration from outside the EU could only grow.     

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Steve @ Resource Central
Director of Brand & Communications @ Resource Central Ltd
25 years' experience in recruitment marketing and employment communications. 36 CIPD and RAD Awards for clients who include Accenture, Aviva, British Airways, Deloittes, IBM, Nestle, Oracle, Pepsico, PwC, RBS, Tesco and Xerox. Global EVP projects for organisations as diverse as Airbus Industries, Pfizer and Rank Group plc. Team Lead for 'Heart, Mind & Soul' engagement solutions.

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Steve @ Resource Central
Director of Brand & Communications @ Resource Central Ltd
25 years' experience in recruitment marketing and employment communications. 36 CIPD and RAD Awards for clients who include Accenture, Aviva, British Airways, Deloittes, IBM, Nestle, Oracle, Pepsico, PwC, RBS, Tesco and Xerox. Global EVP projects for organisations as diverse as Airbus Industries, Pfizer and Rank Group plc. Team Lead for 'Heart, Mind & Soul' engagement solutions.