The Migration Advisory Committee consultation into the UK shortage occupation list closes on 24 June and care providers are urged to make sure their voice is heard, says law firm Royds Withy King.
The consultation opened on 13 May and is asking businesses, charities and other organisations to share their experiences of how they recruit, skills shortages and salary details. The results of the consultation will be published and presented to the Home Secretary in September.
Royds Withy King’s Health & Social Care Team provides a full range of legal support to regional and national care businesses including employment law, sales and acquisitions, property development and construction, CQC regulatory advice, inquests, debt recovery and mental capacity.
James Sage, Partner and Head of Social Care at law firm Royds Withy King comments.
“The Home Secretary has confirmed the Government’s intention to push ahead with its Immigration Bill restricting entry into the UK to what it calls low-skilled workers. It will deliver a punishing blow to the country’s social care sector, which faces a shortfall of 128,000 staff, with that number growing exponentially over the next decade.
“The salary cap of £25,600 will exclude the social care sector from recruiting much needed staff from overseas for the foreseeable future and makes no allowance for part-time staff even if they earn the required amount on a pro-rata basis. In a sector that is heavily reliant on a part-time and predominantly female workforce it will be particularly challenging to meet the salary threshold.
“It is essential that the care sector is recognised on the shortage occupation list and vitally important the care providers participate in this consultation and make their voice heard.
Details of the consultation can be found via the following link – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/shortage-occupation-list-call-for-evidence