The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) provides independent evidence based
advice to government on where labour market shortages exist that can sensibly be
filled by migration. This is done in the form of a 'shortage occupation list'.
Skills for Care and Development (SFC&D) is the sector skills council (SSC) for social
care, children, early years and young people. It is a partnership of 6 organisations:
Care Council for Wales,
Children's Workforce Development Council,
General Social Care Council,
Northern Ireland Social Care Council,
Scottish Social Services Council and Skills for Care
Each partner operates within its own context of legislation, policy, government
initiatives and timescales which drive the development of services and the role of
social workers and care workers.
From its shortage occupation list, the MAC recently identified a list of occupations to
be reviewed (in order to remain on the list) by March 2009. It included social
workers and senior care workers. To inform this review, employers and stakeholders
were invited to provide evidence against three MAC criteria; skilled, shortage and
Social work and social care policies are devolved policy functions within the UK.
SfC&D, through its partnership structure has current and extensive understanding of
social worker and senior care worker roles within their own contexts. So, in order to
inform this review, SfC&D invited employers and stakeholders from our sector to
contribute to reports they were coordinating, with evidence to support the ongoing
inclusion of social workers and senior care workers from outside the EEA on the
shortage occupation list. This was done through existing networks and websites
encouraging employers to respond. Employers and stakeholders also had the
opportunity to respond directly to requests for evidence from MAC themselves.
Reports were submitted to MAC in February 09. On the basis of our submissions and
MAC's collation of evidence, recommendations were made to the government and
can be found in the First Review of the recommended shortage occupations lists for
the UK and Scotland: Spring 2009 Report published April 29th, 2009.