Diversity

Migration: what has been its impact on low-skilled employment?

In 2013 there were around 13 million people in low-skilled jobs in the UK, of whom 2 million were born abroad, according to a report from the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee. But as migrants have moved into unskilled work UK-born workers have moved into more highly-skilled occupations, the committee found.

Who are the under-pensioned and what should policymakers know?

Members of ethnic minority communities are less likely to be in paid employment or to be members of occupational pension schemes. As these groups grow older they will have less protection from poverty in their old age than their white British counterparts so what does this mean for policymakers and pension reform?

Racial prejudice on the increase

New data from NatCen shows that 30% of British people describe themselves as either “prejudiced against people of other races (up from 25% in 2001). Inner London comes out lowest at 16% whilst the West Midlands scores highest at 35%. Prejudice is highest amongst those with no formal qualifications. Just over 9 in 10 of […]

Is racial prejudice fuelling the immigration debate?

New data from NatCen shows that 30% of Brits describe themselves as either “prejudiced against people of other races (up from 25% in 2001). Inner London comes out lowest at 16% whilst the West Midlands scores highest at 35%. Prejudice is highest amongst those with no formal qualifications. Just over 9 in 10 of those […]

Immigrant labour; fact not fiction

The Centre for Economic Performance has launched a new report which sheds light on the current debate about immigrant labour. The number of working age immigrants has doubled to six million since 1995. 28% of immigrant stock comes from the European Union and they come for work related reasons. Immigrants do not account for a […]

Multilingual Britain

  More than a million children in British schools speak more than 360 different languages in addition to English. A new research project at the University of Cambridge is examining the support they may need in the classroom and beyond. 

Scots and migration

Opposition to immigration is less strong in Scotland than in England or Wales, according to a report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford. Four out of 10 Scots think immigration is good for Scotland, while three in 10 believe it is bad.

British jobs for British workers?

Since EU enlargement brought a wave of East Europeans to Britain in 2004, the issue of employment has been hotly debated. New Home Office research shows that most of the growth in employment is now going to British workers.