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Absence management of migrant agency workers in the food manufacturing sector

Hopkins, Benjamin; Dawson, Chris; Veliziotis, Michail


Benjamin Hopkins

Chris Dawson

Michail Veliziotis


© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Temporary workers in low-skilled roles often experience ‘hard’ HRM practices, for example the use of the Bradford Factor to monitor absence, rather than using incentives to reward attendance. However, this peripheral workforce has become increasingly diverse in the UK since the A8 European Union expansion, which has seen over a million migrants from central and eastern Europe register to work in the UK. Importantly, there is also heterogeneity within this group of workers, for example between those who intend to migrate for a short period of time then return, and those who are more settled and wish to develop a career. By considering the particular case of absence management, this paper examines how these different groups of migrants respond to HRM practices. The key contribution of the paper is to examine how different groups of migrants experience these practices, rather than simply comparing migrant and native workers as two homogeneous groups. The paper presents data from the food manufacturing sector in the UK. In total, 88 semi-structured interviews were conducted with operations managers, HR managers, union convenors and workers on permanent, temporary and agency contracts. In addition, data from informal interviews and observation at five companies are presented.


Hopkins, B., Dawson, C., & Veliziotis, M. (2016). Absence management of migrant agency workers in the food manufacturing sector. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(10), 1082-1100.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 30, 2016
Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management
Print ISSN 0958-5192
Electronic ISSN 1466-4399
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 10
Pages 1082-1100
Keywords absence, agency, attendance, migration, temporary
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Human Resource Management on 15 July 2015, available online:


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