Although there is evidence of a more competitive labour market for young people seeking low-skilled, entry-level roles, our research has found that employers that hire migrant workers are also more likely to offer work experience, internships and apprenticeships – initiatives to help tackle the issue of youth unemployment. Employers who have turned to EU migrants to fill vacancies in recent years say they have done so because these recruits have brought the experience and commitment needed to support growth.

Our report, The growth of EU labour: assessing the impact on the UK labour market, aims to inform the debate about the impact of the increase in EU migrant workers on the UK labour market, and particularly on young UK-born workers. The CIPD calls for improved links between schools and colleges and business to equip young people to compete for the jobs that employers are looking to fill, and for a review of skills policy to address the high levels of youth unemployment and low-skilled and low-paid jobs in the UK.

Download the report and infographic below:

Infographic
PDF document 85.7 KB

More on this topic

Thought leadership
Could mismatch in desired and actual hours worked prompt early labour market exit?

We examine people’s desired hours and how this compares to the hours they actually work

Thought leadership
Pay awards set to fall in 2024 as employers set sights on the year ahead

The CIPD’s Labour Market Outlook – Winter 2023-24 reveals falling pay increase expectations for the first time since the pandemic

Reports
Labour Market Outlook

Read our latest Labour Market Outlook report for analysis on employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions this winter

More reports

Reports
Neuroinclusion at work report 2024

Find out about the importance of neuroinclusive workplaces, what employers are doing and the working experiences of neurodivergent and neurotypical employees

Reports
Labour Market Outlook

Read our latest Labour Market Outlook report for analysis on employers’ recruitment, redundancy and pay intentions this winter

Reports
Menstruation and support at work

This report explores employees’ experiences of menstruation and menstrual health at work and details how employers can develop a supportive culture

Reports
Devolution and evolution in UK skills policy

A report seeking common ground in skills policy across the UK’s four nations

See all reports