It's in the Daily Mail, it must be true
Attracting migrant workers to this country is not a new or necessarily bad thing, especially if there is a skills shortage or demand for labour.
Also, it's depressing how easy it is to get a visa to work here if you're a big company who wants to cut the salary level for qualified professionals. The trick:
- phase 1: advertise a qualified professional job through one agency for one advert at close to minimum wage, make sure that the requirements are so high that you get no genuine applicants.
- phase 2: go to the UKBA with genuine application statistics, including the seriously underqualified chancers. They'll then rubber-stamp the visa form citing skills shortage.
- phase 3: hire a foreign national, usually someone from India, on exactly the same wage as the advert to keep UKBA happy but through an agency who claws most of that back through "compulsory" accommodation and utilities charges while putting up about 10 people in a 4 bedroom house.
- phase 4: when said foreign national gets close to the point that they can apply for permanent residency, cancel their contract and send them home.
- phase 5: check whether visa pre-approval allows for substitution and length of time. If still valid, go to phase 3. If not valid, go to phase 1.
For the largest part these days "attracting immigrant workers" usually means "here's a good way to cut our wage bill by far more than half"
It's even more depressing how persistent pressure on farmers to cut costs to big supermarkets means that they're even less likely to pay anywhere near minimum wage for fruit and veggie pickers.