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Title: AUSTIN BIRKS


1
AUSTIN BIRKS
  • Commercial Manager
  • Go West Midlands Bus Company
  • and Winner of the European Year of Workers
    Mobility Award 2006

2
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
  • AN EMPLOYERS PERSPECTIVE ON EUROPEAN RECRUITMENT
    SINCE MAY 2004

3
In the Beginning.
  • MAY 2004
  • Welcome to the enlarged Europe
  • Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary,Latvia,
    Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Warm welcome from UK, Ireland and Sweden who
    impose no restrictions on entry other than WRS in
    the UK

4
EU Message on Migration
  • Created the principles of partnership
  • Dignity and Equality
  • Treat everyone the same and fairly
  • Respect culture and change
  • Create a process of training and employment

5
UK Recruitment
  • UK unemployment lowest for 40 years
  • A typical British Company in May 2003
  • The reality a shortage of 800 drivers
  • My job was to find 800 drivers.fast

6
The Perception of Migrants is
  • They will take our jobs
  • They will keep wage rates down
  • They will sponge off the state
  • They will create more crime
  • Mixed Reactions from public and employers
  • Negative press promised the floodgates would
    open

7
The Good
8
The Concept
  • A tailored English language training programme
  • Relevant vocational bus driver training
  • A process of induction for all
  • Making integration easy
  • Accommodation, welcome packs WRS, NI, Health
    care, uniforms

9
New Polish Recruits May 2004
10
The Results
  • Feb 2007 the company have employed over 1300
    staff from eastern Europe
  • Retention is around 90
  • Staff shortage and turnover greatly reduced
  • Substantial Business savings
  • Recognised by EURES and EU as best practice

11
Winner of the European Workers Mobility Award
2006
12
The Bad..
13
The Bad Side of Recruitment
  • Deception
  • Exploitation
  • Mis-information
  • Unethical recruitment
  • Low wages and poor conditions
  • No language skills or provision
  • Ministry warns Bulgarians and Romanians of
    difficulties in finding work

14
And the Ugly..
15
The Ugly Side of Recruitment
  • Criminality
  • Degradation
  • Cynical exploitation
  • Injury and death
  • Worst case
  • Telegraph Blog - David Rennie Sept 2006

16
The Stand Off
17
The Stand off Between.
  • Government Legislation
  • EU Legislation
  • Social and Moral Constraints
  • And
  • Business Expansion
  • Commercial Enterprise

18
Lessons for Bulgaria
  • UK Employers have a positive attitude towards
    migrant workers
  • Planning and research are essential prior to
    recruitment
  • UK employers need to invest in migrants but the
    rewards are significant
  • They do need to speak English or learn it on
    arrival

19
Lessons for Employers
  • Equality in pay and conditions reduces
    exploitation and resentment
  • Duty of care results in low staff turnover
  • Language training is a must not only for HSE but
    for customer confidence
  • A unified, competitive Europe is essential to
    compete globally

20
The Good triumphs..
21
Institute of Directors Poll
  • Poll of 500 members of IOD found
  • Migrants were out performing indigenous
    employees by a large margin
  • A lack of local skills was the key reason
  • Only 16 employed migrants because they were
    cheaper
  • Better productivity, education, reliability,
    skills, work ethic and less sickness

22
Positive Benefits of Migration
  • CBI quote enlargement has brought between 10 to
    12 billion to the UK economy
  • Unemployment remains low as vacancies have been
    filled
  • Business leaders quote a positive work ethic
  • Harder working and more reliable

23
The End
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