Published: 19th Jun 2019

Construction is one UK sector facing skills shortages. Credit: BEIS (CC BY-ND 2.0) Employing migrants in jobs they are qualified for could help their integration into society and boost the UK’s economy by £7bn, a think tank has said. In a new report, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) said that reducing migrant over-qualification to the levels of UK-born workers would benefit the UK’s economy by bringing about higher wages and productivity. Fully integrating migrants into the labour market could also help build public consent for migration in communities and help improve migrants’ working conditions, the report also argues. ‘We are currently wasting the qualifications and skills of hundreds of thousands of migrants working in low-skilled jobs,’ said IPPR senior research fellow Marley Morris. ‘With the spending review on the horizon, investing in initiatives to match these skills to the right jobs should be an … (To read the full article, subscribe below)