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Dreadful shock horror – East Europeans only work harder at first?

Dreadful shock horror – East Europeans only work harder at first?

  • 29/05/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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Dreadful shock horror – East Europeans only work harder at first?

29 May 2017

One has an instinctive distrust of academic studies. One takes them with a pinch of salt and, very frequently, also with some coarse freshly-ground pepper and balsamic vinegar delicately infused with eu,ukpomegranates and figs that one bought from a ridiculously expensive shop in Hampstead or somewhere.

But when one saw a headline in a respectable newspaper that, according to an academic study, East Europeans work harder then become lazy like the British one very nearly (but not quite) fainted. How can this possibly be true? Everybody knows that the British are irredeemably lazier than the Europeans and many people (as we have indeed previously reported) have made some amusing jokes about it.

This extraordinary headline comes about because of a study conducted by the University of Bath and others, concerning the relative “word ethic” of the British and the East Europeans who come to work in the UK. This study confirms, first of all, that the East Europeans do indeed work harder than the British but, so it says, only at first.

After two years or so apparently the East Europeans acquire “a better understanding of our culture”. This sounds acceptable and indeed admirable but this “better understanding”, according to the authors of the study, involves becoming lazier.

When one had recovered one looked carefully at the study, and it emerges that its conclusions were reached solely on the basis of an analysis of the number of days taken off sick. According to the report’s authors this is a good and reliable way of measuring work ethic.

Is this really fair? We think that we should rush to the defence of the East Europeans who, apart from anything else, have provided us with the opportunity to encounter a wide range of delicious East European foods and have been very nice to us in restaurants.

For one thing, the study suggests that employers who are recruiting are quite correct to identify East Europeans as hard workers. This is something worth bearing in mind. And, for another thing, the fact is that a lot of people don’t stay in their job for as long as two years anyway. And the study does not address the possibility that long-serving East Europeans, even if they do take as much sick leave as the British, may work harder than them when they’re not off sick. Perhaps more research is required.

In any event, one wonders whether the Government will at some point seize on this study as part of its reducing immigration strategy.

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