The UK government has announced the hiring of thousands of additional overseas caregivers early next year to tackle a chronic workforce shortage in the sector. According to the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges, noting that this policy change comes after a recommendation by the Migration Advisory Committee, which stated that the care sector was facing challenges. “Serious and growing difficulties”.
Thus, immigration rules for nursing assistants, care assistants and home assistants will be eased, who will be added to the Interior Ministry’s list of deficient occupations, the same source said, noting that these measures will be in effect from the beginning. next year.
The Department of Health said care workers arriving on a 12-month health and care visa must earn an annual salary of at least £20,480 to be eligible, noting that they would have the right to bring a partner and dependents, including children .
Healthcare providers have warned of staff shortages due to the need to fully vaccinate all frontline health workers against COVID by April 1. According to official figures, over 40,000 social workers have left the area in the last six months.
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