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The Changing Shares of Migrant Labour in Different Sectors and Occupations in the UK Economy: An Overview

Vanna Aldin, Dan James and Jonathan Wadsworth

in Who Needs Migrant Workers?

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580590
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595257 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580590.003.0003
The Changing Shares of Migrant Labour in Different Sectors and Occupations in the UK Economy: An Overview

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The UK labour market has experienced considerable growth in the stock of immigrants over the past 15 years. This chapter uses data from the Labour Force Survey to compare use of immigrant labour across industries and occupations over the period 2002–8 and to try to understand why certain sectors make more use of immigrants than others. The pattern of use of immigrant labour, defined as share of foreign‐born in the workforce in a given sector or occupation, is observed to vary between the two time periods. Analysis of the change in immigrant utilization suggests no simple explanation, such as low wages, as to why certain sectors have been able to make use of immigrant labour whilst others have not.

Keywords: immigration; labour market; industry; occupation; time‐series; Labour Force Survey

Chapter.  7000 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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