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Migrant Workers Minimising Skill Shortages and Helping Drive Up-skilling


UK industry and commerce have long called for a flexible, highly-skilled workforce – and the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that the growing number of migrants coming to the UK (who have a definite job to go to) play a valuable role in minimising skill shortages, as well as encouraging organisations to invest in up-skilling their employee-base.

The latest Migration Statistics Quarterly Report from the ONS, reported by the CIPD  suggests a distinct correlation between immigration and up-skilling, with Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Adviser for the CIPD, commenting:

“This shows that the majority of employers looking to address recruitment difficulties by recruiting migrant workers are also investing in up-skilling their existing workforce and providing more job opportunities for young people. This has helped reduce skill shortages and also contain wage inflation – two factors which have contributed positively to delaying any decision on raising UK interest rates.”




Steve has over 25 years’ experience in recruitment marketing and employment communications. During that time he has won 36 CIPD and RAD Awards, for clients who include Accenture, Aviva, British Airways, Deloittes, IBM, Nestle, Oracle, Pepsico, PwC, RBS, Tesco and Xerox. As Global Executive Creative Director of Euro RSCG Riley (now Havas People) Steve built a 50+ team of creative, digital and brand planning professionals; whilst personally leading EVP projects on a national (B&Q), European (Airbus Industries) and Global (Pfizer R&D) level. As Founder and CEO of the Diversity & Inclusion Consultancy, ’Equality Law’, Steve has also worked with clients on a wide range of inclusion projects, including leading and managing the ground-breaking Inclusive EVP project for Rank Group plc.

Steve manages the team and works closely with client organisations to help create ’Heart, Mind & Soul’ engagement solutions, as Managing Partner and Employer Brand Leader of 52˚N.


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