Warnings of care staffing crisis due to new Brexit immigration rules – BBC News

now experts in the care sector say that they're concerned that the uk's new immigration rules will limit the ability to recruit enough staff to care for the elderly and the disabled in england it's estimated that there are 112 000 job vacancies in care homes and in the home care sector from january the new rules will mean that most overseas care workers will not earn enough to qualify for a work visa but ministers say the care companies will be able to recruit enough people from within the uk as our social affairs correspondent alison holt explains now hello my name is pedro i'm from spain this is where i live in montreal this is the home that 22 year old pedro is leaving with just days before the end of the brexit transition he's heading to cornwall to become a care worker residential homes there can't recruit enough local staff i knew i should do something to help this is why i decided to work in a career center there are an estimated 112 000 care vacancies in england alone everything is fine many who are recruited like pedro make the journey from the eu this is his new home in penzance old manor residential home has recently been refurbished but there aren't enough staff to reopen it it's run by mary anson she's recruited six people from the eu before the rules change they'll start work in one of her other homes but she hopes it will allow her to bring new residents in here just empty and waiting for someone to occupy it is a shame it's a terrible waste all for the lack of staff or sufficient staff we've got some great staff but just not enough of them and that pool of people coming and living here is going to decline home care providers also warn of increased staffing problems as most new uk arrivals will have to earn over 25 000 pounds a year much more than the majority of care workers get we call on the government in the short term to add care workers to the shortage occupation list and then in the longer term to make good on their promises to fix social care so that we can invest properly in the workforce if you want to do something important care for others in april as the first wave of kovid 19 peaked the government rolled out a recruitment drive the bbc has been told by the end of july the campaign had shortlisted just 716 people we need you now and they need you always but the government says it's had tens of thousands of applications across its platforms which have helped cut the vacancy rate and covid has forced some like christian to rethink their careers he was an airline cabin manager but needing a change after getting the virus and being furloughed he now works in a west sussex care home here you've still got cool bells and you still got trolleys to push around here it's a bit more special than them a lot more special i leave here and i feeling um does something pretty good with myself and for somebody else and for many the pandemic has highlighted the need to do much more to recognize the importance of care workers alison holt bbc news

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