Immigration: social workers added to the list of shortage professions

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Social workers have been added to the list of shortage occupations from today, in a bid to allow more migrant workers to fill the large number of vacancies in the sector. The government announced on Christmas Eve that the change would come into effect at the start of this year after the Migration Advisory Committee highlighted the “serious and growing challenges facing the sector in terms of recruitment and retention”. In its annual report for 2021, the MAC said carer jobs should “immediately” be made eligible for the Health and Care Visa and placed on the shortage occupations list. Home Secretary Priti Patel said on December 24 that the sector was “facing unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic”, adding: “The changes we have made to the health and care visa will strengthen the workforce work and will help alleviate some of the current pressures. experienced.” Overseas care workers will need to apply for a 12 month health and care visa and must have been paid a salary of at least £20,480 to be eligible. They will be able to bring dependents including a partner and children More than 100,000 vacancies exist in the care sector, a situation exacerbated by the regulations which came into force on November 11, which, together with the NHS, are

Michael A. Bynum