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Scottish Government weighs into Brexit immigrant worker row

The new immigration system proposed by the UK Government would leave Scotland’s social care sector critically short of staff, according to a new official report

In response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on the UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL), the Scottish Government highlights that the social work and residential care sectors are heavily reliant on migrants: almost 10 per cent of roles are filled by workers from outside the UK, the majority of whom would not qualify for a visa under the so-called ‘skilled worker’ route currently being proposed by the UK Government.

Ben Macpherson, Minister for Public Finance and Migration has called for social care roles to be added to the SOL, which would enable employers to recruit international workers at a lower salary threshold of £20,480, instead of the proposed £25,600.

There are 924,600 key workers in Scotland, 29,300 (42.5 per cent) of whom work in health and social care.

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