On 24 January 2022 the Home Office published new changes to the Skilled Worker route.
From 15 February 2022, care workers (SOC code 6145) will be included to the Shortage Occupation List, making this role eligible for the Skilled Worker route. This SOC code includes the job titles Care Assistant, Care Worker, Carer, Home Care Assistant, Home Carer and Support Worker (nursing home).
Applications formally open from 15 February 2022 however the Home Office will consider applications submitted before this date.
The minimum salary requirements for these roles are £20,480 gross per year and £10.10 per hour.
The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced.