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Skills for Care News Release May 2009

Migration Advisory Committee publishes first review of shortage occupation lists for skilled workers

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) today published the first review of the shortage occupation lists for skilled workers coming to the United Kingdom from outside the European Economic Area.

The MAC are charged with gathering evidence from the social care sector to make recommendations to government about shortage of skilled workers and whether the sector needs to look outside the European Economic Area to fill those vacancies.

The report acknowledges that in the United Kingdom labour market vacancy levels have fallen and unemployment and redundancies have risen sharply.

The MAC has recommended only social workers for children and families are kept on the Shortage Occupation List removing adult social workers from the list.

But the MAC did recommend the skill threshold be lowered for senior care assistants from the present NVQ Level Three down to NVQ Level Two and the report recommends that the pay threshold be reduced from £8.80 to £7.80. 

“Skills for Care urged stakeholders across the sector to submit evidence to the MAC and we thank them for their very timely responses.  The co-operation from the sector in submitting evidence meant that the MAC were able to gather strong data from a wide variety of stakeholders including the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the private and voluntary sectors and employer representative organisations,” says Skills for Care CEO Andrea Rowe. 

“We have undertaken thorough evidence gathering from a wide range of sources and reported objectively on the evidence that was presented to us.  We plan to undertake a more in-depth analysis of job roles within the sector and this will enable us to present further evidence to the MAC at their six monthly partial reviews. 

“Skills for Care also used data from our National Minimum Dataset-Social Care to help make sure the MAC’s recommendations to Government reflect the real needs of the social care sector in these difficult economic times. 

“Our submissions to the MAC review falls within our wider programme of work that looks at policy developments and the impact of migration linked to the wider workforce development needs of our sector.” 

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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’.
  4. Skills for Care regional committees are major brokers of funding for social care workforce development.

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One Response to “Skills for Care Press News Release on MAC”
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  1. minina de marzi says :

    Dear Sirs,
    hope they approved the occupation shortage EEA because i’ve been here to UK and im a resident and i worked in care sector and i saw many placec private or public care sector that they are really short of staff and most of the time a person work as a carer do 2 men job ,,or 3men job because of shortage of staff in this area.
    Also,people from abroad like Philippines especially nurses they can come here through worked permit with NVQ 2,3,or 4 and theres no more shortage and we help each others country to progress …
    Thats really a great idea.
    I will wait for the result because i got to sisters who are Registered nurse and they could come here as NVQ 2 or 3 whom are eager to come and work here in UK but because its not good to go here as student visa..
    work permit is the best way…

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