Recruitment in Britain: Examining employers' practices and attitudes to employing UK-born and foreign-born workers

Broughton A, Adams L, Cranney M, Dobie S, Marangozov R, Markaki Y, Sumption M |   | Equality and Human Rights Commission | Oct 2016

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This IES report examines attitudes and experiences of both employers and employees with regards to the recruitment of foreign-born and UK-born workers in the UK. IES conducted research on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in partnership with IFF Research Ltd. and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.

Considering several different sectors such as food manufacturing and social care, the research focused on qualitative interviews with employers, recruitment agencies and employees; a literature review on discriminatory recruitment practices and migrant workers in the UK; and quantitative surveys of workplaces and recruitment agencies.

The report analyses each of the sectors, recognised as employing large numbers of foreign-workers, and considers views from both employers and employees towards foreign-born workers within these sectors. The report also aims to establish whether there is evidence of discrimination in the recruitment processes of these sectors.