Skills for Care are urging social care employers and other interested stakeholders to submit evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) for their second partial review of the official shortage occupation list.
The MAC was established in December 2007 to advise government and provides independent advice on migration, skills and labour shortages.
They are concerned with evidence based on analysis of national data sources and submitted evidence from stakeholders which directly informs defined lists of occupations where migration might be a solution to meet the needs of the UK economy.
These occupations will be reviewed against the Committee’s methodology of:
- Are the occupations sufficiently skilled to be included (NVQ Level 3 or above)?
- Is there a shortage of labour within these job roles?
- Is it sensible for employers to recruit to these job roles from outside of the European Economic Area?
The occupations most relevant to the social care sector from this list are nurse and occupational therapist although the list does refer to other healthcare-related occupations.
The onus is now on the sector to demonstrate whether or not these occupations should be on the list so it is essential that any social care employers who have any evidence to submit to the MAC should do so before the deadline of 15th July 2009.
The MAC will then assess all of the information received to present their report to Government by September 2009.
Skills for Care will be working alongside Skills for Care and Development and Skills for Health to make sure there is a strong response from the health and social care sectors.
“We will be using data from the National Minimum Dataset for Social Care to support this process as well as liaising with our Board Representatives, employer engagement networks and our data base of employers,” says Skills for Care CEO Andrea Rowe. “Our research unit will also be looking into other relevant sources of data and intelligence to capture potential evidence that we can contribute to this review.”
If you have any queries you can contact the MAC directly via their email address – firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit the Skills for Care website at
Skills for Care is the employment-led strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England, which is licensed jointly with its UK allies by UKCES to be the ‘Skills for Care and Development’ Sector Skills Council (SSC). The other members of the SSC are the Children’s Workforce Development Council (also for England), the General Social Care Council, the Scottish Social Services Council, the Care Council for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
Skills for Care forms a strategic overview of workforce needs in adult social care, which accounts for nearly 1.4 million workers or 5 per cent of England’s workforce, spread over more than 38,000 employers. Skills for Care members are drawn from groups representing public, private and voluntary sector care employers, along with representatives of staff, trainers, service users and informal carers. Social care includes residential care, domiciliary care and social work with all its specialisms.
Skills for Care and its SSC allies promote and develop the social care sector’s National Occupational Standards which are statements of competence that describe ‘best practice’.
Skills for Care regional committees are major brokers of funding for social care workforce development.