The UK government has been told to let overseas nursing assistants and social care workers into the UK post-Brexit or face “stark” labour shortages in the sector.
The Migration Advisory Committee on Tuesday said health and social care professionals should be added to the Shortage Occupation List post-Brexit to “relieve pressure when freedom of movements ends.”
“We remain particularly concerned about the social care sector, which is so central to the frontline response to this health pandemic, as it will struggle to recruit the necessary staff if wages do not increase as a matter of urgency,” said Professor Brian Bell, the chair of the Migration Advisory Committee.
The Shortage Occupation List allows workers in certain sectors to leapfrog Britain’s new points-based immigration system in order to plug gaps in the labour market. The new immigration system will come into force on 1 January when Britain officially leaves the EU transition
Ms McVey suggested pigeonholing younger Britons into a university education could threaten the “foundations” of UK society. The Conservative Party MP lamented the disappearance of the appreciation of every citizen regardless of their profession. Speaking on the first day of the Blue Collar Conservatism Conference in Mansfield, Ms McVey said: “Particularly when I was growing up, this ability to appreciate everybody for whatever job they did seemed to disappear.
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“Because all of a sudden there was this set target that 50 percent of people had to go to university because that was the only way to go.
“But if you look at a house, it’s just as important that the foundations are right, that the roof is right and the plumbing and the electricity work as is somebody who conveys it properly for you.
“I think we’ve forgotten