According to a study by Improve, the food and drink sector skills council, 74% of employers cite overseas nationals as flexible, committed, and reliable, with a first-rate worth ethic.
Jack Matthews, chief executive of Improve, said: “The research told us that overseas nationals are making a much bigger contribution to productivity than we had imagined.”
Improve is campaigning for more UK employers to overcome practical concerns such as language problems and special employment regulations.
It has developed workshops to help directors and line managers better understand the recruitment process and management issues associated with employing overseas nationals.
“The survey paints a picture of overseas nationals playing a crucial, long-term role in alleviating the skills gaps and skills shortages that have been holding back the competitiveness of UK businesses,” said Mathews.