Skilled worker shortage could worsen after Brexit

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 22nd March 2019

Scottish Government suggests recruitment threat will impact health and social care.

Shortages of skilled workers in Scotland across key sectors of the economy such as health and social care will be made worse after Brexit, Scottish Ministers have warned.

The comments form part of the Scottish Government’s submission to the UK Government’s Migration Advisory Committee (this link will take you away from our website) about the range of jobs officially classed as suffering from a shortage of staff. This includes extensive evidence on issues facing a range of sectors, including health and social care.

Migration Minister Ben Macpherson MSP said: “These papers provide detailed evidence on recruitment needs across the whole Scottish economy, with a particular focus on our vital health and social care sectors. That focus is especially important as UK immigration policy after leaving the EU could create a barrier to entry-level routes into health and care professions in Scotland. Salaries in social care in particular would typically not meet the UK Government’s proposed £30,000 minimum threshold, with average salaries closer to £18,000.”

The Scottish Government has also produced a separate submission related to health and social care (this link will take you away from our website).

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