The social care sector is facing a staffing crisis. With Brexit progressing, the free movement of labour from Europe is set to be curtailed by January 2021.
The Government’s introduction of a new Immigration Bill will set out who gets into the UK going forward and it will prevent many social care workers coming from Europe.
The sector is already struggling to recruit, with estimated shortages of around 122,000 roles and a quarter of staff on a zero-hours contract.
International recruitment is vitally important for social care and a restrictive immigration policy will make this harder.
A quarter of a million people from beyond the UK work in the sector. Some areas of the country are particularly reliant, with 40% of social care staff in London coming from overseas.
The Government is holding firm, suggesting that domestic recruitment is the way forward.
With large scale redundancies in certain sectors, and positive coverage of the social sector during the pandemic, the potential to attract new people into the sector is significant.
This session will consider the way forward for the social care workforce. It will offer views on how we can overcome the political and economic challenges to recruit and retain a higher quality workforce – that can drive standards and change the shape and standing of the sector.
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Director of Taylor and Taylor Care and Workforce advisor to the Care Association Alliance and Surrey Care Association
Charles Taylor is the owner of Taylor and Taylor Care, a small family run care home group based in the South East. He has a keen interest in workforce and immigrations issues and has worked with The Surrey Care Association and Care Association...