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Despite visa curbs, UK firms hiring Indian

world Updated: Feb 24, 2010 02:26 IST

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Despite recession and new restrictions on hiring professionals from India and other non-EU countries, British companies are continuing to recruit migrant workers to plug existing skill gaps in the UK.

According to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), one in five (19 per cent) of employers have recruited migrant workers in the last three) months.

Interestingly, public-sector employers (24 per cent)) are more likely than private firms (15 per cent) to take on foreign workers, it found.

Figures from the quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey, conducted jointly by the institute and KPMG, show that the most popular destination for outsourced jobs are India and Eastern Europe.

Among employers planning to outsource jobs overseas, more than half (51 per cent) plan to relocate UK jobs to India and more than a third (37 per cent) plan to shift jobs to Eastern Europe.

About two in five (41 per cent) of the 700 employers surveyed said they still have vacancies that are difficult to fill, largely because of the skills involved in the role.

One in 10 private employers are planning to outsource jobs abroad in the coming year.