Migrant workers mini scenarios in Wychavon

Hop field in WorcestershireWychavon District Council have produced a set of mini scenarios looking at the possible impact on the economy and local communities of changes in the numbers of migrant workers coming to Wychavon.

The new report suggests that:

…the public and private sector will have to work to attract migrants to the area in the face of stiff competition from other parts of the UK, in particular Kent and the South East. In order in particular for our farming and food production to prosper, conditions have to be attractive to potential employees.

The full report, executive summary and data appendix are available:

These new scenarios build on Wychavon’s 2004 study on the extent, size and characteristics of the migrant workforce in the Vale of Evesham (pdf, 364kb).

There is also an interview with Councillor Audrey Steel where she discusses the report’s findings, the changes in Wychavon since 2004 and how new evidence presented in the mini scenarios is helping decision making.

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Wychavon the best council to work for say employees

Evesham Town Centre

Evesham Town Centre

Wychavon District Council has been nominated as the “Best Council to Work For” based on a survey supported by IDeA, Local Government Employers (LGE), Best Companies Ltd, and The Times newspaper.

It was also selected as the best council for training and developing its staff in the 2008 survey. Three other West Midlands councils were in the top 25: Malvern Hills (19), Warwick (22) and Stratford (25).

Last year Wychavon was runner-up to Vale Royal District Council. The survey aims to shine a spotlight on good council employers and what they do to get the best out of their people. It is voted for by those who work there.

For more information, visit the Best Councils to Work For 2008 website.