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One In Three Great Britain Construction Firms Employ Migrant Workers, Citing Skills & Availability As Top Reasons

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The large-scale, GB-wide research, by CITB, IFF Research and the Institute of Employment Research at Warwick University, is the first to bring together the views of construction firms, employment agencies and migrant workers. Researchers conducted over 600 interviews to provide a detailed and up-to-date picture of the role migrant workers play in the construction industry.

  • Half of London construction firms heavily reliant on migrant workers.
  • 2 in 5 employment agencies expect staff shortages due to Brexit.
  • Half of firms with migrant labour expect impact from potential migrant caps. Key concern is retaining existing migrant workforce.
  • The research found that three-quarters of migrant workers surveyed expect to be working in the UK in 12 months’ time, with only 1 in 20 expecting to move abroad, and over half expecting to work in the UK until retirement.
  • Over a third of employers who employ staff from outside the UK say they do so because there are not enough skilled applicants from the UK, rather than for cheaper labour. The issue is magnified in London where one in two employers say they are ‘very dependent’ on migrant workers.