More immigrants should be allowed into the UK because British people don’t want certain menial jobs, according to the chief executive officer of the reputable pizza franchise, Domino’s and former CEO of Marks & Spencer.
Lance Batchelor, Domino’s CEO said his pizza chain was unable to expand quickly enough because of a lack of people wanting to take jobs as drivers and chefs. He said they could easily fill 1,000 jobs across the country if they could find the employees and said the problems were particularly marked in London and the South East. “Since the immigration laws were tightened up two or three years ago, we are finding it harder and harder to hire staff, especially in London and the south-east…We could fill 1,000 jobs across the UK tomorrow if we could get the candidates to apply for them,” Mr Batchelor said. He said it was not just their company but others that faced the same issue. “There are a huge number of jobs at the bottom end of the service industry, and not enough people in the UK who want to work for them,” he said.
Last Sunday (8th December 2013), Sir Stuart Rose, formerly the chairman of the well-known British retailer Marks & Spencer and now the chairman of retail delivery firm Ocado had expressed the same view, saying Romanians and Bulgarians and other immigrants should not be blamed for migrating to the UK if Britons were not prepared to do menial jobs.
However, in response to this, the UK minister for immigration, Mark Harper said that the reason such companies could not hire British residents for the job may be because the wages are too low. Speaking to the Home Office committee he said, ““It seems to me that if we have got jobs to fill and you can’t fill them you should reflect on the salary package you are offering. If you are having trouble filling jobs I don’t think we should import unskilled labour from outside the EU just so he can keep wages low.”
The comments are part of an ongoing discourse as UK residents are concerned about the potential influx of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania when working restrictions are lifted next month.
Romania’s Labour minister, Mariana Campeanu said Britain should be grateful so many Romanians filled jobs Britons were unwilling to do, saying Romanian migrants contributed ‘greatly’ to Britain’s gross domestic product and criticised feelings of ‘racism and xenophobia’ towards Romanians.
In January 2014, seven years after Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU, their citizens of will be free to live and work in the UK after ‘transitional controls’ introduced when the countries joined the EU in 2007 expire.