March 16, 2010

SOMEONE'S GOT TO PLUCK THE CHICKEN:

London firms say immigration good for economy (London Chamber of Commerce)

A report published today by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) shows a significant majority of businesses (70 per cent) think that the capital would not be as competitive without the contribution of migrants. The survey of 182 London firms in partnership with polling firm ComRes quizzed companies on a wide range of immigration issues, two years on from the introduction of the UK's points-based system.

Migrants are viewed in a positive light by London employers across a number of indicators with 68 per cent saying they often work harder than their UK counterparts. Similarly, 72 per cent of companies say that migrants are prepared to do the jobs that British citizens won't. Employers not only view migrants positively in a general sense, but value their contribution to their own firms as well, with 57 per cent of companies saying that immigrants are important to their own company. However, most businesses (56 per cent) think that migrant workers are not as well qualified as UK employees.

On the controversial subject of the pressure migrants place on public services, the majority of London businesses (56 per cent) think the economic benefits they bring to the capital outweigh the potential cost of providing such services.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2010 11:30 AM
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