North East’s migrant workforce

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THREE in 10 North East firms employ migrant workers, a new survey claimed today.

That is despite government calls to reduce their use.

According to the research, commissioned and published by Close Invoice Finance, of the 30 per cent of employers who hire migrant workers 44 per cent hire them because they are best placed to do the job.

Ian Steward, of the financial services firm, said: “Our survey shows that in contrast to the comments made by the current government, migrant workers play, and will continue to play, a vital role in the UK economy.

“British companies need to attract the brightest and best talent in order to compete in the globalised economy and as our findings show, it isn’t about where the person comes from, it’s whether or not they have the skills to do the job.

“In the current economic climate businesses are struggling on many levels, not least in terms of cash flow and migrant workers offer many sectors a level of workforce flexibility to enable them to survive.

“At this crucial time any attempts by government to cap the numbers of workers available could add even more challenges to business.”

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