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EASTERN EUROPEAN CONSTRUCTION RECRUITMENT
‘Make love, not war, on migrant workers’
The integration of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia into the European Union a few years ago created a large labour pool from which the UK and the rest of the world can benefit. How you might ask?
A good case for choosing foreign workers
The fundamental reason amongst others is somewhat obscure and intangible to most, namely that the ‘work ethic’ is found to be stronger with people born in the Baltic states as well as in most of eastern and central Europe because most come from countries where governments dictated that everyone should work and that a person’s value within their society was gauged by their usefulness to society.
This means that people coming from Eastern and Central Europe are generally more diligent and productive than their Western European contemporaries, viewing work as central to their existence rather than just something that has to be done in order to earn a living.
This fundamental difference
in attitude has led many recruiters to prefer foreign workers above
The chart below demonstrates how Polish workers are generally 3 times more productive when compared to UK workers in terms of the wealth they produce in their country. If we had included Lithuania and Hungary, we wouldn’t have been able to fit the chart on the page!
PPP Adjusted GDP - Related Productivity Comparisons
PPP = Purchasing Power Parity. This takes into consideration the cost of food, housing, taxes etc. and gives the best indication of relative prosperity. Source: OECD.org
Immigrants are recognised as having a proven track record of creating wealth wherever they go - and it isn't all down to hard work. Immigrants bring new ideas and working practices into the workplace, creatively adding more to their working environment than their job demands.
The Confederation of British Industries’ Director General, Sir Digby Jones said "If it was not for immigrant labour, especially in leisure, tourism, agriculture and construction, then frankly many of our businesses would not have the workers we need.”
"Most people know the huge contribution that immigrants have made to our country. Migrants are part of the rich fabric of our nation, every bit as British and valued as any other member of our society." stated Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Immigrants are ready to locate to anywhere they are needed. They are flexible in their attitude towards work and more willing to fit in with company schedules. They are committed, hard working, loyal and tenacious.
The stigma of “economic migrants” is somewhat diluted when one takes into consideration the high unemployment rates and low wages which are prevalent in their countries.
Below is a comparison of
wages earned by eastern and central European workers in their own country.
WAGE COMPARISONS WITH EU AVERAGE WAGE
Source: European Integration Consortium (Calculated from OECD & National Sources)
UNEMPLOYMENT A MAJOR MOTIVE FOR EMMIGRATION
Percentage of Working Population Unemployed in Eastern & Central Europe (%)
After considering the last two charts, who can really blame foreign workers from coming to a country which has over half a million jobs that need filling?
Communism may have failed, but it left in its wake a very rich source of skilled and semi-skilled labour; people who want to have the same chance in life as any of us.
At a time when the rate at which British people are emigrating is at an all-time high, when the construction industry, which is the backbone of our society – providing the homes we live in and the schools which our children attend is suffering the most critical skills shortages, isn’t it now time we hung up the Union Jack and accepted the inevitability of a more closely united Europe?
Peter Levchenko, the managing director of Euroresource International Ltd., a relative newcomer to the construction recruitment field said 'I believe that we now have the largest resource of skilled and semi-skilled candidates readily available from Eastern and Central Europe, who are willing to relocate to the locations where they are most needed.
This will enable our clients as well as Britain as a whole to better compete in the global economy".
'Workers from Eastern and Central Europe tend to be more productive because of their highly positive attitude towards work' he added.
‘I remember shortly after leaving school, having landed a job interview, the manager of the factory where I attended the interview asked me where I originated from. I told him ‘the Ukraine’ at which juncture I was immediately offered the job.
When I asked him why he had made such a snap decision, he told me that he had Ukrainians working for him who’d been with him a long time. “They work hard, complain little and produce more than any of the other workers I can find, that’s why you’ve got the job”, he ended.
Complacency may lead to Britain's economic downfall!
Let’s take a look at our economy. It’s certainly fairing better than most of the Eastern European countries that joined the EU, or is it?
The facts on economic growth
may startle some, so I suggest this may be the right time to brace yourself
or pour yourself a stiff drink.
Chart Source: World Bank (2003)
Why does the UK figure so poorly in terms of general wealth?
THE PHENOMENAL INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN LITHUANIA
For the 4th largest economy in the world are we willing to accept that this is good enough or the best that we can do? Remember that it was complacency and delusions of grandeur that allowed Rome’s enemies to sack it.
From the enquiries I’ve been receiving from abroad, particularly from Canada and Australia, if we don’t grab these workers quickly with open arms, then someone else is likely to. Of course by that time it will be too late to revise our thinking on this matter.
Euroresource International has recently been awarded contracts to supply oil pipeline construction workers to the Oil Sands projects in Alberta, Canada; one of the largest oil deposits in the world.
With the company’s revenues about to soar this year, the company is set for major expansion.
Most recently Euroresource began to supply building and maintenance work to subcontractors looking for more work or wishing to expand.
This they were enabled to do through their close contact with a very large property and maintenance company as part of an overall strategy with a view to helping small companies to grow.
‘We are now able to supply construction work as well as the candidates needed to fulfil it; providing a complete service to the building industry. I would like to see businesses grow through the help we can give them. Unfortunately, most companies I speak to are suspicious or unsure about the immigrant labour that is pouring in from eastern and central Europe. If that were not the case, I could probably retire today,’ said Levchenko at a speech he gave recently to a group of construction bosses..
You can find more information
in our Powerpoint Presentation below or you can read some authoritative
construction industry reports giving good reasons why European construction
workers are needed in the UK by clicking here.
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