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A fifth of recruiters struggle to find skilled workers since migration cap introduced

A fifth of recruiters struggle to find skilled workers since migration cap introduced

de Poel welcomes David Camerons recent announcement to possibly ease migrant cap

21% of recruitment agencies have found it more difficult to find the right skilled workers since the temporary cap on non-EU skilled migrants was introduced in Britain according to research from de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour.

One in three recruitment agencies have seen up to a 25% decrease in migrant workers with 30% of agencies claiming that the care sector is most affected by the cap and the lack of skilled workers available.

Of the other industries, 22% of agencies claim the logistics sector has particularly suffered while 21% believe manufacturing and 16% construction have been hit the hardest.

These figures follow David Camerons announcement yesterday at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

conference yesterday that the coalition Government may water down the planned cap on immigration.

Furthermore, according to de Poel, the use of temporary agency labour has dropped during September, re-enforcing fears of a possible downturn in the jobs market.

The number of hours worked by temporary agency staff dipped by 13% compared to August as companies cut staff due to fears of a double dip recession and the impact of the comprehensive spending review.

Matthew Sanders, CEO of de Poel comments: The Governments temporary cap on non-EU skilled migrants is very concerning for the future of our workforce and the quality of our staff, which is why we welcome David Camerons plans to possibly water down the cap.

Our research shows theres a much bigger problem that needs addressing and thats the current skills shortage affecting particular industries such as the care sector. Many of the agencies we work with are reporting hundreds of vacancies for qualified social care workers as such sectors rely heavily on skilled migrants to make up a large proportion of their workforce.

The Government needs to design the migration system so that it prevents migrants from undercutting British job-seekers but it doesnt harm economic recovery and hopefully the Governments plans for a permanent cap will take this into consideration.

The temporary cap, introduced by the coalition Government in June 2010, will cut the number of skilled workers from outside Europe by 1,300 by April 2011. A permanent cap is still under review.

Key facts:

% of recruitment agencies claiming certain sectors most affected by the cap and the lack of skilled workers
Care sector: 30%

Logistics: 22%

Manufacturing: 21%

Travel: 3%

Retail: 1%

All sectors: 7%

Before the cap was introduced, the % of candidates that were migrant workers

56% of recruitment agencies have up to 25% migrant workers

19% between 25% and 450%

20% between 50% and 75%

5% between 75% and 100%

Since the introduction of the cap, how much of a decline have agencies seen in the % of their migrant candidates?

79% of recruitment agencies have seen up to a 25% decline

13% between 25 and 50% decline

6% between 50% and 75% decline

2% between 75% and 100% decline


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