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Social care stakeholders' perceptions of the recruitment of international practitioners in the United Kingdom - a qualitative study

Manthorpe, Jill, Hussein, Shereen, Charles, Nigel, Rapaport, Phillip, Stevens, Martin, Nagendran, Tayvanie (2010) Social care stakeholders' perceptions of the recruitment of international practitioners in the United Kingdom - a qualitative study. European Journal of Social Work, 13 (3). pp. 393-408. ISSN 1369-1457. (doi:10.1080/13691450903403891) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:68399)

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Abstract

Mobility of labour is common within Europe and globally, particularly in social and health care. This article examines the findings from a qualitative study of 15 expert or stakeholder views that explored supply and demand factors in international social care staff recruitment to the United Kingdom (UK). Findings are that international social care workers have a better reputation and are perceived as being harder workers, more productive, more reliable, more focused and more likely to stay in a post longer than local workers. However, there is also the perception that employment in social care is a stepping-stone into other forms of employment both in the UK and when returning to home countries, through access to training, experience and improved job opportunities. The impact of migration policies on the composition of international workers is further noted because greater numbers of social care staff are coming to the UK from the European Union and fewer from Commonwealth states. Changes in the profile of international workers are discussed, with a need identified to address cultural and language differences to ensure good outcomes for service users.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13691450903403891
Additional information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - Article [Field not mapped to EPrints] U2 - 10.1080/13691450903403891 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - European Journal of Social Work [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Personal Social Services Research Unit
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/68399 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hussein, Shereen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7946-0717
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