News Archive - October 2019

Lack of UK Work Permit Options Causes Care Sector Crisis

26 Oct 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

According to recent reports, patients are dying in hospital, or not receiving the right quality of care for their ailments, because of a crisis in the staffing options available for the industry. Issues with the tier 2 work permit, and the amount of money that people have to earn to be allowed UK visas is making it hard for teams to find the professionals that they need.

A care provider who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years said that patients were being denied the right to live in their own homes due to a lack of care professionals. The care services in the UK have relied on EU nationals to staff the sector for many years. However, a lot of the experts available ended up leaving the country after the Brexit vote. Indeed, around 40% of the care staff from EU countries left the UK after Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016.

According to today's care companies, it's the service users in healthcare environments that suffer most as a result of the lack of care sector employees. Unfortunately, because around 90% of the care provided to people today come from employees without a qualification or a high paycheck, these individuals would not be able to qualify for a tier 2 work visa.

At present, experts believe that there could be around 110,000 jobs in the care sector that are unfilled in England alone. On top of that, the industry is having a hard time attracting new applicants in the form of younger people. While in 2018, around 40% of the applicants in the industry were under the age of 25, only 15% were young applicants this year. Industry analysts believe that this has a lot to do with the impact of missing EU nationals in the country.

If options for a UK work permit don't start to become more available for people in the care industry, then the sector could suffer from a national emergency.