Employers in the UK are offering more hospitality jobs to EU migrants, according to new research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
A survey carried out by the CIPD revealed that just under a third of low-skilled jobs in Britain were being carried out by migrants coming in from other EU countries, even though the coalition is trying to tackle youth unemployment in the country.
The results further suggested that over 25 per cent of employers in the UK had seen a rise in the number of applications made from EU nationals in 2012. This is especially the case for economically struggling eurozone countries such as Greece and Spain.
The report highlighted that companies were using special recruitment agencies, which employed workers from around the EU and even further across the world, due to the “better skills and work ethic” that European workers adopted over British nationals.
With around five per cent of organisations stating that at least half of their workforce were migrant workers, campaigners are calling the government to act. According to the Financial Times, Chris Bryant, shadow immigration minister, responded: “We must ensure that industries such as construction and hospitality are investing in British people, giving them the training and demonstrating to them, so that they have the opportunity to pursue successful careers in these sectors.”
This news comes in conjunction with the coalition planning to prevent a mass of workers coming into the UK from Bulgaria and Romania in early 2014, when they both become members of the EU. This is especially the case, considering that one million people from Poland and other countries in eastern Europe have come to the UK since 2004 when eight member states entered the EU.
The survey, which spanned the hospitality, retail and social care sectors, looked at 1,000 employers across the country.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency to help source hospitality recruitment jobs.