Scotland bids to attract migrant workers

first_img Previous Article Next Article Scotland is launching a drive to attract more foreign workers in an attemptto boost the country’s falling population and encourage economic growth. Jack McConnell, the Scottish First Minister, is hoping to attract moreimmigrant workers to prevent a stretched workforce and combat skills shortages.The campaign will seek to persuade people applying for permission to work inthe UK, to go to Scotland rather than other areas. Foreign students who gain qualifications at universities in Scotland will beencouraged to stay and work in the country and the Scottish executive is alsoplanning an overseas marketing campaign. Allan Hogarth, a spokesman for the Scottish CBI, said the country needs toadopt similar immigration policies to Canada and the US if it is to attractskilled immigrants. He said that unless more was done to make Scotland attractive to overseasworkers, the skills gaps in the economy would continue to grow. “We welcome this innovative and courageous approach to tackling thedemographic time bomb that’s ticking in Scotland,” Hogarth said.”There’s a recognition that we need to attract younger and more skilledpeople to the country.” Scotland’s population has fallen by 2 per cent in the past decade and isexpected to fall by another 4.5 per cent to just 4.83m by 2006. Scotland is the only area in the whole of Europe where the population andnumber of births are projected to fall. Paul Pagliari, HR director at Scottish Water, welcomed the scheme, but saidthe extent of the population problem and skills shortages came as a surprise. “It’s a very positive thing to do and having a more cosmopolitancommunity and workforce can only be a good thing. We’ve got a very open mind onwhere staff come from, but we’ve not really experienced any problems recruitingemployees with the right skills,” he said. By Ross Wigham Scotland bids to attract migrant workersOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more