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Employers fear Foreign Labour shortage

Almost a third of small firms are concerned that the UK economic crisis may result in a lack of available labour as foreign workers opt to return to their homelands, according to think tank the Tenon Forum. Their research revealed that 29% of small firms that employ foreign nationals are concerned migrant workers may choose to return home. The survey also found that the number of SMEs employing migrants has doubled in the past two years, with 48% of employers now employing non–UK nationals compared to 21% in 2006. Tenon national head of tax Andrew Jupp said: “We have seen a lot of workers leave the UK in the last two months. In times of such economic uncertainty, entrepreneurs need to make sure they have procedures in place which will protect their business from unnecessary dis... »

Overseas Workers Plug Skills Gaps - The Borderless Workforce: 2008

Overseas Workers Plug Skills Gaps

Employers are increasingly relying on overseas workers to fill skills gaps, with 20 per cent of businesses now employing migrant workers compared to 12 per cent in 2006, a new report from Manpower has shown. The Manpower report Borderless Workforce (525k PDF) showed that the UK is now the most popular country after the US to which global workers relocate. “The UK has a widely recognised skills shortage which many employers are struggling with,” said Manpower UK managing director, Mark Cahill. “As pressures from an ageing workforce and low birth–rate grow, these shortages will become more apparent,” he continued. “The challenge is how to address the situation. Employers are looking to new labour sources – older workers, part–time workers and f... »