20 Oct Why Migrant Workers are Vital to UK Public Services
Non-British nationals make up 12% of the healthcare workforce in the UK and are a vital part of UK public services due to the positive impact they have. Migrant workers contribute to a larger, more flexible labour force, using their skills to carry out essential work such as care work.
Immigrants to the UK are more likely to be of working age. The majority of migrants come to the UK for work or study. They may bring dependents, but generally, net immigration leads to an increase in the labour force, a decline in the dependency ratio and an increase in the potential output capacity of the economy. The students that come to work for YourCare are fantastic additions to the team, they work hard and have excellent communication skills.
Migrants will be particularly attracted to move to the UK if there are job vacancies in particular areas. For example, during the mid-2000s, there was a large inflow of workers from Poland and other Eastern European economies – helping to meet the demand for semi-skilled jobs, such as builders and plumbers. The government has also sought to attract migrants from various countries to meet shortfalls in job vacancies in key public sector jobs, such as the nursing and care sectors.
A popular idea is that immigrants are more likely to receive welfare benefits and social housing. The suggestion is that Britain’s generous welfare state provides an incentive for people to come from Eastern Europe and receive housing and welfare benefits. While immigrants can end up receiving benefits and social housing, a report by the University College of London, suggests that :
“EEA immigrants have made a positive fiscal contribution, even during periods when the UK was running budget deficits.
Overall, migrant workers have a hugely positive impact in the UK.