Foreign workers used to deal with UK skills shortages


Foreign workers used to deal with UK skills shortages
British employers are increasingly addressing skills shortages by hiring foreign workers, new research has found.

Manpower's Borderless Workforce study revealed that 20 per cent of bosses are recruiting workers from abroad to plug skills deficits, with those from Poland, India and Latvia most likely to find employment with UK companies.

Meanwhile, the UK was shown to be the second most popular destination for global workers in search of employment, after the US.

Mark Cahill, manager director of the firm, noted that although foreign workers enter a range of different sectors, "what is consistent is that these people are motivated to work and are able to address skills shortages".

A separate report by the group also ascertained that more than half of UK employees are considering moving abroad to look for work.

The British government recently updated the National Shortages Occupations List, adding 29 new jobs to the list of those suffering from a scarcity of talent. Almost all of them were in the electricity generation industry.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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