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The UK is one of the top countries in the world for employing skilled migrants, according to new findings.
According to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, by Adecco Group, the UK ranks seventh in the world for its ability to attract, develop and retain highly-skilled migrants.
It also ranked fourth among countries most likely to attract businesses with foreign ownership and seventh as the country most likely to attract international students.
On the other hand, Britain ranked 56th for attracting female graduates and 71st for the gender earnings gap.
Speaking about the findings, Alex Fleming, managing director of Adecco Group UK and Ireland, said: “The Index demonstrates how Britain is one of the best countries in the world at attracting skilled migrants, ensuring that we have the skills we need to continue to build a strong economy.
“With the referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union looming, this report raises important considerations for policy makers and industry, particularly when it comes to labour mobility.
However, some groups have suggested that more priority should be given to training UK workers, and restricting the number of foreign workers.
For example, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), the body commissioned by the government to look at Tier 2 visas, suggested that the overall salary threshold required for tier 2 visas should be raised from £20,000 to £30,000 with a lower threshold of £23,000 for graduates.
It also suggested an immigration skills charge of £1,000 per year for each Tier 2 migrant employed by UK companies.
Professor Sir David Metcalf, MAC chair, said: “Skilled migrant workers make important contributions to boosting productivity and public finances, but this should be balanced against their potential impact on the welfare of existing UK residents.”
Whether employers decide to opt for skilled foreign labour or invest in UK workers, there are a number of technological tools available that are designed to make it easier to schedule staff rotas and keep tabs on employee data.
Mitrefinch offers HR software, which is one of the many software applications that can help managers to monitor and organise an efficient workforce.