The Scottish Government’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on the UK Shortage Occupation List (SOL) highlights that the social work and residential care sectors are heavily reliant on migrants, with almost 10% of roles 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 said the remarkable contribution of non-UK citizens working in health and social care, and other sectors, has been brought into especially sharp focus during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
He claimed that social care roles must now be added to the SOL, in order to prevent a labour shortage in this crucial sector.
“The Scottish Government is clear – we greatly value the skills and contributions of all people who come and settle in Scotland. Inward migration enriches our society for the better and migrants make a net contribution to our economy, our public services and our public finances. Family migration also contributes positively to our demography, and the sustainability of rural and remote communities.”
Read the Scottish Government's response to Migration Advisory Committee on review of Shortage Occupation List 2020.