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UK employers are "fearful" about what a future migration system will be like after Britain leaves the European Union, according to a new report.The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said businesses are concerned about their ability to recruit workers from the EU after Britain leaves the EU.The interim report is part of a review assessing the impact of Brexit on the UK labour market.The Home Office said it was committed to "sustainable migration".Many employers expressed the view that migrants from the European Economic Area (EEA) are more reliable and more willing to work long and anti social hours than UK born workers, the report said.
In low-skilled jobs, absenteeism rates were 40% lower among migrants from countries including Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, compared with British workers. The report found while EU migrants from the original EU countries are paid 12% more than comparable UK workers, those from newer member states are paid 27% less. But the claim by employers that they would not attract more UK workers even if they raised wages, was "not credible", the report added.
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