Immigrant workers have a “superior” work ethic to British employees, according to the supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.The company said it found immigrants to be more flexible and happier with their terms and conditions in employment.
It added that employing migrant workers in its stores often had a positive impact on the domestic staff. Sainsbury’s was giving evidence to a House of Lords inquiry into the impact of immigration.
In a written submission, it said that it had greatly increased the number of immigrants it employed over the past two years and would likely continue to do so in future.
It said: “We have found migrant workers to have a very satisfactory work ethic, in many cases superior to domestic workers.”
We believe this results from their differing motivations — they want to learn English, or send money home to their families.
“They tend to be more willing to work flexibly, and be satisfied with their duties, terms and conditions and productivity requirements.