Employers' Use of Migrant Labour

Main report

Dench S, Hurstfield J, Hill D, Akroyd K | RDS Online Report 41794 | Home Office | Feb 2006

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The Home Office commissioned IES to conduct research into the recruitment and employment of migrant workers in the UK. This research formed part of the preparation for change from the current economic migration system to the new points-based system. The focus of the study was on economic migrants: people who come to this country primarily to work, rather than asylum seekers or refugees. Data were collected between April and August 2005.

The report provides:

  • an in-depth understanding of the reasons employers use (or avoid) migrant worker schemes
  • exploration of underlying attitudes towards migrant labour in general
  • analysis of actual recruitment and employment activities
  • feedback on the proposed points-based system.

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