Senior care workers and nursing assistants are among roles that have been added to the Shortage Occupation List, allowing non-UK recruitment to suitable candidates for a minimum salary of £20,480 per year.
This reduces the minimum salary payable from the skilled worker salary level of £25,600 per year.
As part of the points-based immigration system, people applying to come to the UK through the skilled worker route must reach 70 ‘points’ to be eligible for a work visa.
A job on the Shortage Occupation List is worth 20 points. Combined with the mandatory criteria – having an acceptable standard of English, an offer from a licensed sponsor and the required skill level, which are worth 50 points – will ensure people in these roles reach the 70 points necessary.
The changes follow a review published by the independent Migration Advisory Committee last year. Other immigration rules changes include updating the skilled worker visa going rate to include a minimum hourly rate to safeguard against employers who may require employees to work longer hours to make up for the lower rates of pay
The Home Office currently lists the ‘going rate’ for senior care workers as £16,900 (£8.33 per hour).