Scotland has slammed the UK Government’s proposed Minimum Salary Threshold of £30,000 as unsuitable for Scotland’s health and social care occupations.
In a new report published ahead of Brexit, the Scottish Government highlights that 63 per cent of employees in Scotland (both UK and non-UK nationals) earn less than £30,000. The report concludes: “The focus on a salary threshold does not recognise the important social value of many jobs which while they are skilled and crucial within society do not necessarily come with a high salary or qualifications.”
Health and social careemploys an estimated 16,000 non-UK EU nationals, 11.2 per cent of all EU nationals in employment. Workforce studies estimate that 5.5 per cent of adult social care staff in Scotland are from other EU countries.
Over the next four years it is anticipated that demand for health and social care staff will increase by as much as 10,500 WTE for social care staff.