June 13, 2010

A NATION OF IMPORTED SHOPOWNERS:

Immigrants' contribution to entrepreneurialism revealed: Restricting visas to key professions would stifle growth, study shows (Jamie Doward, 6/13/10, The Observer)

Using information from a variety of sources, Experian, the data analysis company, has built up a database of nearly half a million entrepreneurs – company directors, partners in professional practices and sole traders – in the largest mapping exercise of its kind.

The sectors in which the entrepreneurs work are then identified, while their names are cross-referenced to a database with information relating to a billion individuals from around the world, allowing for their cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds to be established.

The resulting groups were then given a figure – where 100 indicates the UK average. Anything higher than around 120 indicates that an ethnic group is significantly over-represented in a particular entrepreneurial field.

In general, the research found that people of non-white British origin were hugely over-represented in medical practices (a figure of 235), dental practices (215), dispensing chemists (253) and the wholesale of pharmaceutical products (241).

People of English origin scored 101.2 on the index, hardly above the average, while the Scottish scored 95.5 and the Welsh 90.4 – both below the average.


And every single plumber is Polish...

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 13, 2010 8:52 AM
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