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The impact of student and migrant employment on opportunities for low-skilled people

This research was undertaken in a context of the expansion of term-time working among higher education students and an increase in the number of migrant workers (notably from Eastern Europe) in the UK after 2004 and their concentration in low-skilled work in particular local areas.

The central aim of the project was to establish what impacts student and migrant workers taking up entry-level, low-skilled employment have had on lower-skilled people in the labour market.

The research aims were to further understand the particular challenges faced by low-skilled individuals in areas with substantial concentrations of student and migrant employment, and the impact developments in this specific type of local labour market have had on less skilled local residents.


Atfield, G., Green, A., Purcell, K., Staniewicz, T., and Owen, D. (2011). The impact of student and migrant employment on opportunities for low skilled people. London: UK Commission for Employment and Skills. (Evidence Report 32).

Project duration: October 2010 - March 2011

Funder: UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

IER project team:

Anne Green 

Kate Purcell 

Gaby Atfield

Peter Elias

David Owen


Teresa Staniewicz, Department of Sociology