A scarcity of care workers in the United Kingdom is prompting the British government to relax its immigration policies

A scarcity of care workers in the United Kingdom is prompting the British government to relax its immigration policies

The government has revealed plans to hire thousands more foreign care workers to remedy chronic workforce deficits after over 40,000 social workers departed the field in the last six months.

Care workers, care assistants, and home health aides will be added to the Home Office's shortage occupation list.

The pandemic presented unprecedented hurdles, according to HSC. The change came after the Migration Advisory Committee warned the care industry was facing “severe and escalating difficulties”.

To qualify for a 12-month health and care visa, workers must earn at least £20,480 per year. They can bring a partner and children.

“The modifications we've made to the health and care visa will reinforce the workforce and assist alleviate some of the strains now being experienced,” said Priti Patel, the home secretary.

Health providers expect severe workforce shortages, with all frontline healthcare workers required to be completely Covid-vaccinated by April 1. To be answered by November 11th.
Earlier this month, the Nuffield Trust warned of a staffing crisis in the care sector. Between April and October, the health research group found a 42,000 personnel reduction.

Seasonal horticulture workers will be able to enter the UK until the end of 2024, according to the Home Office, but the government wants to see a new strategy from the sector to reduce reliance on foreign labour.

Next year's 30,000 visas will be reduced to 25,000 by 2023. A review by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed that reliance on foreign workers lowered salaries and discouraged investment.

In order to attract UK workers, the environment secretary George Eustice stated the government was determined to boost pay and skills. Our world-leading fresh produce business has listened to us to understand their needs,” he said.
Labour's shadow health minister Wes Streeting said: "Sneaking this statement out on Christmas Eve is an admission of failure from the Conservative administration that they don't pay enough carers and have failed to handle this building problem for years." Labour will guarantee care workers get the wages, terms and conditions they deserve, reduce vacancies and increase training.

This action is too late for everyone who had their Christmas visits to a loved one in a care home cancelled. A one-year visa is unlikely to attract the numbers of caregivers we urgently require.

“The government must reconsider and grant three-year visas to caretakers immediately.”