The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has urged home care providers to share their experiences in recruiting staff from overseas as part of a review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
The Migration Advisory Committee has launched a six-week call for evidence, asking employers for their views on the roles that are being filled by migrant workers, the salaries they are paid and implications of potential changes.
The UKHCA said this is an “important opportunity” to advise the MAC of the need for social care to continue to be able to recruit staff from abroad.
“Although providers are under severe pressure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UKHCA would urge members to respond to the survey if at all possible,” a spokesperson said.
Click here to have your say. The deadline for responses is June 24.
Organisations such as UKHCA, Care England and the National Association of Care and Support Workers have criticised the MAC for not including social care workers on the list.
In its report published in January, the committee said that it does not feel that now is the right time to review the SOL, adding that it may be that the list has “no place” in the future immigration system.
The MAC also recommended that the government’s proposals for an Australian-style points-based system should only be used when it came to “highly skilled” migrants will academic qualifications and high salaries.