Migrant-Local Hiring Queues in the UK Food Industry

Scott, Sam (2012) Migrant-Local Hiring Queues in the UK Food Industry. Population, Space and Place, 19 (5). pp. 459-471. ISSN 15448444

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Abstract

The paper argues that a clear migrant–local hiring queue has emerged at the bottom of the UK labour market since EU enlargement (in 2004 and 2007). The hiring queue reflects a preference amongst low-wage employers in the UK food industry for newly arrived A8 and A2 migrants and related prejudice towards would-be domestic workers. Using interview and survey evidence – from 37 horticultural growers/processors and 268 farmers, respectively – we describe what these hiring queues look like. We then explain their emergence: arguing that migrant–local hiring queues are predominantly the result of the ‘added value’ that migrants from the EU periphery bring, over the short term, to the low-wage workplace.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europe;food;hiring queue;labour;migration;recruitment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Environmental Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Sam Scott
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 10:30
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2016 15:55
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1288

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