Eastern Europeans head for skilled jobs
Mar 27 2008 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
SKILLED migrant workers will contribute more than £4.6bn to the Yorkshire economy over the next four years, claims a report.
The study for worldwide recruitment consultancy Harvey Nash also said that migrant workers from countries such as Poland, Romania and Bulgaria will also support 49,000 jobs across the region through their spending on goods and services between now and 2012.
The Future Flows report compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research said the number of highly skilled migrants in the UK was set to increase by 14% in the next four years to reach 812,000.
Yorkshire’s 14,000 skilled migrant workers will account for nearly 2% of the country’s total skilled migrant population.
The research said that highly skilled migrants hold and support more than a million UK jobs – a figure set to rise to 1.5m in four year’s time.
Harvey Nash chief executive Albert Ellis said: “Skills are critical to the UK economy, but critically lacking in our current workforce.
“Far from undermining the UK labour market, migration is vital to future economic stability, helping to fill in the gaps created by older and under-skilled workers and making an important vital economic contribution.
“Businesses in Yorkshire need to embrace skilled migration, recruit from wider social groups, as well as offer flexible and rewarding working practices for home-grown talent, in order to safeguard their long-term and global competitiveness.”
The report said the influx of skilled migrants would help meet skill shortages in key industries.
It said the IT, telecoms and transport sectors would need an extra 19,000 skilled migrants by 2012 as demand rises for computer software specialists and internet trading.
Other sectors set to benefit include utilities such as gas, water and electricity, education, health and public administration.
The report said London would remain the biggest beneficiary of the skilled migrant workforce – with about 365,000 skilled migrants living in the capital by 2012.