The social care community has taken to Twitter this morning to vent anger over care workers being categorised as ‘low skilled’ under new immigration proposals.
The government has announced that a post-Brexit immigration system will deny visas to ‘low-skilled’ workers and give “top priority” to those with the “highest skills” and the “greatest talents”, including scientist, engineers and academics.
Under the points-based system, the salary threshold for migrants will be lowered from £30,000 to £25,600, but those coming to the UK must already have a job offer and speak English.
Health and social care professionals have said that the new proposals show a “lack of understanding” of the range of job roles in the sector and reinforce the popular belief that “low pay equals low skill”.
Taking to Twitter, Dominique Kent, managing director of the Good Care Group said: “Supremely disappointed with [Priti Patel] – this shows how little you understand social care. The Good Care Group embraces the 47 skilled nationalities we have…stop calling this workforce unskilled…come and meet them.”
Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care said: “I am so annoyed that the #immigration debate has focused on #care as being low-skilled. What is low skilled about empathy and compassion and building trust for those at the end of their life or living with #dementia?”
Sara Livadeas. CEO of the Fremantle Trust said: “Is anyone else fed up with care workers being described as low skilled?”
Skills for Care Interim CEO Andy Tilden also commented on Twitter, adding: “My message to Care Workers providing social care in challenging circumstances to enable people to live the best lives possible is that you ARE undertaking a skilled job. I am so sorry some do not see it that way…”