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Migration, Ethnicity and Progression from Low-Paid Work: Implications for Skills Policy

Netto, Gina and Hudson, Maria and Noon, Mike and Sosenko, Filip and de Lima, Philomena and Kamenou-Aigbekaen, Nicolina (2015) 'Migration, Ethnicity and Progression from Low-Paid Work: Implications for Skills Policy.' Social Policy and Society, 14 (4). pp. 509-522. ISSN 1474-7464

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<jats:p>Migration plays an important role in determining skills supply, and certain ethnic groups tend to be over-represented in low-paid work. This article considers the implications of the complex interplay of migration, ethnicity and workplace progression for skills policy by comparing and contrasting the opportunities faced by low-paid workers of diverse ethnicities in progressing to better paid work. This is done by drawing on a qualitative study of nine case study organisations in Scotland and England, including interviews with sixty-five workers and forty-three managers. We argue that while all low-paid workers face formidable barriers to progression, recent migrants and settled ethnic minorities face additional challenges that should be considered in skills and wider social policies related to low-paid work.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 11:36
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:40

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