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'UK bosses favour Indians over locals'

A survey says that British bosses hold local workers in low esteem, and so they look to immigrants to fill in as resources.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2007 13:17 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

British bosses are increasingly being forced to hire a record number of immigrant workers, including Indians, because they have a "low" opinion of local British workers, a study said.

The survey by business lobby group British Chambers of Commerce (CBI) revealed the rock-bottom opinion held by bosses of many British workers.

CBI asked over 300 bosses: "What reasons do you have for employing migrant workers?"

Most of them said migrant workers from anywhere, from India to Poland, have "a better work ethic" and are "more productive".

Many managers also said that British workers lacked the required skills and there was a short supply of local candidates with required experience.

The survey found that an overwhelming 75.8 percent of managers were of the view that migration is beneficial to the British economy, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.

David Frost, director general of the business lobby group, said it is troubling how British businesses are turning away from British workers.

"It is troubling that so many businesses do not want to employ British workers. The UK's chronic skills shortage must be addressed by the government and reform of the school curriculum is needed to ensure that young people enter the workforce with the necessary skills and the right attitude to get on at work," he said.

First Published: Feb 13, 2007 13:17 IST