Starting My Disseration
This is my first entry in the journey of writing my dissertation. I will write regular editions to keep you updated on my progress both writing and researching the topic of which is exploring the SME experience of immigration and employing migrants. Being a wide reaching topic to social, political and economic aspects, immigration provides an important context to the motivations and barriers of employing migrants.
Findings So Far
I am in the first few weeks of researching the literature, which comprises the main chapter in the dissertation – analysing the literature. I have found that Government agenda has strongly influenced the scale of regulation, a number of authors have critiqued that the Labour party have been thinking of image rather than boosting the economy. On the other hand, there is suggestion that the Conservative party are being selective and restrictive about migrants entering the UK, which can have an impact on SME’s in terms of being able to bring the skills they need to their company and the time and cost required to complete the process of sponsoring a migrant. One thought I had was that given low skilled migrants are being discouraged, maybe this opens the gap for young people? Are they being too fussy? One journal shows that migrants are often preferred for their strong work ethic.
Questions To Consider
In terms of business impact, those businesses that rely on high skilled migrants are definitely feeling this agenda – HR systems, cost and time is required, elements which SME’s tend to be short of. How do they manage migrants, has it changed the way they manage employees? Are the legal requirements the main motivation for HR systems? Do migrant employees integrate easily into their business? These are the kind of questions I am to uncover and analyse.
The full 15,000 word requirement does feel like mission impossible just now, but split into sections it becomes more manageable. For example, right now I am analysing the literature I have sourced on a spreadsheet, dividing the columns into: the purpose, findings and relevance of the literature and the view of the author.