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Skilled foreigners are hitting glass ceiling


Sir, I have read a number of your articles on management of foreign labour. A significant problem is equality among the different ethnic groups in the UK construction industry.

We say more professionalism is needed but first we should give equality a chance.

There are many construction professionals from ethnic minorities who move out of the industry because they are not promoted.

For example, an MSc graduate in Construction Management Economics with four years middle management experience, qualifications from a UK university, a Commonwealth citizen and English as his first language is asked to work under an operative with NVQ 2 or 3.

One of the issues with foreign workers is fraudulent claims of experience.

I met someone who claimed to be a dryliner but used flex tape when beads were needed. It was not a question of language but lack of knowledge.

We must address these issues or suffer the consequences.

Andrew Pinneh Ye n t fm London