Employing migrant workers


Case Study: Hyde Housing Association

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Hyde Housing Association


Public Sector

Company history and profile

Hyde Housing Association is a registered social landlord that manages and maintains approximately 30,000 properties. Hyde is one of the largest housing association groups in the country. They provide homes for people in housing need, give support to vulnerable people and help people to lead independent lives in their own homes. They also aim to improve people's quality of life by creating sustainable communities where they can prosper. Hyde employs close to 1,000 people, turnover is average for the sector. The central office is based near Lewisham. Operations cover London, Suffolk, Norfolk and the South East of England from regional offices in Lewisham, Southwark, Bromley, Greenwich, Maidstone, Hove, Peterborough and Southampton. As well as maintaining its existing housing stock it develops around 1,000 new homes each year.

Values and Approach to employment policy

Hyde's vision is to contribute towards creating thriving communities. They set and monitor targets in recruitment, selection and training to ensure that procedures are non-discriminatory and that the workforce reflects the communities in which they operate. They value the differences amongst their staff as a resource in achieving their objectives.

Business case/driver for employing non-UK nationals

Migrant workers are not directly employed by Hyde, but its contractors and suppliers working in the construction industry are actively encouraged to employ migrant labour to fill the gaps where there is an insufficient supply of UK workers. This can help to reduce delays and associated inflated costs of building projects. Hyde want to make sure that their services reflect the diversity of the communities they work in and are responsive to different needs. Migrant workers can help to create this more diverse workforce.

Models and Process

Though not directly involved in employing migrant labour, Hyde encourages its contractors and other suppliers to maximise the benefits that can come from tapping into a more diverse workforce, especially in the construction sector where ever-increasing demand for skilled labour is met by a constantly decreasing supply.

Costs & Risks of Employing Migrant Workers

Language difficulties in migrant workers can cause errors that can incur costs. However, most costs are small in proportion to total recruitment costs.

Risks include:
  • Amount of supervision/control required
  • Health & Safety issues linked to poor English
  • Non-compliant work being done on building projects due to lack of knowledge of UK building regulations
  • Having little control of the skill levels and work conditions of migrant workers on construction sites

Contact details

Gordon Callaway
Tel: 0208 297 1500
Email: gordon.callaway@hyde-housing.co.uk


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