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.
- Low-paid work
- Skills policy
Netto, G., Hudson, M., Noon, M., Sosenko, F., De Lima, P., & Kamenou-Aigbekaen, N. (2014). Migration, ethnicity and progression from low-paid work: implications for skills policy. Social Policy and Society, 14(4), 509-522. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746414000499