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Review of migrant employment in low-skilled work

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has launched a call for evidence in relation to a commission it has received from the Government. The commission asks the MAC to advise on the reasons behind the growth of migration into low-skilled jobs, how this migration has evolved and the labour market, economic and social impacts of this migration on the UK and specifically on British workers.

This commission will focus on migrant workers in low-skilled employment from Europe as well as those from beyond the European Economic Area (EEA). Specifically the MAC has been asked to consider:

  • vThe extent to which, and the reasons why, employers actively choose to recruit migrant workers and through which channels.
  • Why these migrant workers are attracted to coming to work in the UK, and how the UK compares with other countries in this context.
  • The extent to which migrant labour fills gaps in the UK domestic labour supply for low-skilled work and whether the work they find is a match for the skills they bring.
  • Whether there are structural or cultural issues which inhibit the recruitment of UK-born workers, including issues such as motivations and attitudes to work. Consideration should also be given to the interaction of factors including skills, housing, education provision, the benefits system and the labour market regulation, with a view to making recommendations as to possible actions here.

The deadline for responses is 13th December 2013.

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