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Competing for talent: global mobility, immigration and the City of London's labour market

  • Jonathan V. Beaverstock
  • Sarah Hall

The City of London's competitiveness is founded on its global talent pool and ability to attract and retain workers of all nationalities. Drawing on ONS Long-Term International Migration data and fieldwork-based studies of banking, professional services and business education, the argument of this paper is 2-fold: that the City's competitiveness is significantly dependent on the functioning of its global labour market, of which a key factor is the immigration of European Economic Area (EEA) and non-EEA talent, and that a central determinant of the City's position as a leading international financial centre based around a highly competitive global labour pool will be UK immigration policy in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007--2008 and ensuing recession. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.

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Volume (Year): 5 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 271-288

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