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What Drives the Recruitment of Migrant Workers to Work in Social Care in England?

Hussein, Shereen, Stevens, Martin, Manthorpe, Jill (2011) What Drives the Recruitment of Migrant Workers to Work in Social Care in England? Social Policy and Society, 10 (3). pp. 285-298. ISSN 1474-7464. (doi:10.1017/S1474746411000029) (KAR id:68364)

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Abstract

This article outlines the reasons for the recruitment of migrant workers by the adult care sector in England, as revealed by participants in a multi-method study. The background to the study is the changing socio-demographic profile of the social care workforce, notably the employment of non-UK citizens in large numbers from outside traditional recruitment sources within the British Commonwealth. The article reports on 136 individual interviews with different stakeholders from the English social care sector undertaken in 2008–2009. Drawing on a theoretical framework developed during the first phase of the study, the analysis revealed a two-fold explanation of the demand for migrant workers in the English care sector. First, to fill specific staff vacancies, either through direct recruitment of workers from outside the UK or among those already in the UK; and, second, a more strategic, but less common, decision to recruit migrants with specific characteristics. The implications for social policy are set in the context of political concerns about migration and concurrent political aspirations to improve social care through resolving recruitment difficulties.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S1474746411000029
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1017/S1474746411000029 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Social Policy and Society [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Uncontrolled keywords: labour demand, migration, adult social care, EU enlargement, segmented labour market, care"work
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Shereen Hussein
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2018 11:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68364 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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