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Britains workforce unaffected by temporary cap on migrant workers

Britains workforce unaffected by temporary cap on migrant workers
 
but cracks are showing in the care sector, logistics, manufacturing and construction
 
One in three recruitment agencies have seen up to a 25% decrease in migrant workers but a staggering 79% are still able to find the right skilled workers for the job.  This is according to research from de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour, on the impact of the temporary cap on non-EU skilled migrants coming in to Britain.
 
 
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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.  
While de Poels figures show that the cap is not affecting the overall quality of Britains workforce, further research from de Poel has shown that 30% of recruitment agencies believe 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.
 
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.
 
Our research should offer some reassurance to recruiters and employers but 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. 
 
Our data also shows that the proportion of employers using agency staff has steadily weakened over the past few months.
 
The Government needs to design the migration system so that it prevents migrants from undercutting British job-seekers but it doesnt harm economic recovery. Recruitment agencies need to also be cautious and prepare for possible tough times ahead.  
 
Key facts
21 % of recruitment agencies have found it more difficult to find the right skilled workers since the cap was introduced.
% 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 26% and 50%
20% between 51% and 75%
5% between 76% 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 51% and 75% decline
2% between 76% and 100% decline

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