With Brexit negotiations unlikely to come to an end soon, the uncertainty of what will happen to the job market is a cause of concern for many immigrants working in the UK.
But how many of them are working? And are they enjoying working in the UK? Commercial estate agents Savoystewart.co.uk have decided to investigate the matter and put together data provided by Eurostat to make a list of countries with the best and worst migrant integration at the workplace. To accompany the data, Savoystewart.co.uk conducted a survey asking 1,484 immigrants working in the UK how they feel about their job satisfaction.
Which Country has the highest employment rate of immigrant EU citizens?
When it comes to the countries with the highest employment rate for persons born in another EU Member State, they are the following (% = percentage of immigrant EU citizens currently in employment):
Iceland (87.7%), United Kingdom (85.5%), Switzerland (84.1%), Norway (83.6%) and Portugal (83.5%).
The United Kingdom is the second-best country for migrant integration, with 85.5% of migrants being in employment.
When it comes to the countries with the lowest employment rate for persons born in another EU Member State, they are the following:
Slovenia (70.1%), Spain (68.4%), Italy (64.1%), Latvia (59.6%) and Greece (54%).
Savoystewart.co.uk then asked 1,484 immigrants from the EU how secure they feel in their current jobs and while 22% said they feel secure, the majority of 41% admitted to not feeling secure in their current job.
Shockingly Savoystewart.co.uk found out that 58% of immigrants working in the UK don’t feel integrated with their Brutish Colleagues.
When asked what stops them from quitting their current job, the majority blamed it on the fact they are worried about going the interview process (31%) followed closely by the fact they can’t afford to quit (29%).
No job is perfect, so we asked our respondents what frustrates them most about their current jobs and it comes as no surprise that the most common answer was that the pay is not satisfactory (56%). A high percentage of people also said they are not feeling appreciated in their workplace (42%) while others are unhappy about the long commute (45%).
While 56% of immigrants are not satisfied with their pay, it has been revealed that 61% of them send money to relatives from their countries of origin.
“In the beginning they all seemed very nice, I felt very welcomed. However, when it came to more social events, I started feeling excluded. I admit, I wasn’t the most talkative, but not because I didn’t want to, but because I felt nervous talking to them. There were some instances when I found myself alone in the office because would go out for lunch and nobody would invite me. I felt very unwanted and it made me not come to work anymore.”