If EU workers were not able to stay in the UK after Brexit, it would be disastrous for a social care service that is already in the midst of an extreme funding crisis. The estimated loss of over 145,000 jobs would greatly exacerbate the recruitment pressures already felt within the adult social care system and NHS. Unsocial working hours and low pay do not make social care an attractive career for many UK citizens, even in areas of low job growth and low skills.
The ILC-UK have estimated that if the government delivers on its commitment to reduce overall levels of net migration, there will be a social care workforce gap of more than 750,000 people by 2037. This is a staggering figure and reinforces the need for government to design an immigration system which addresses these workforce pressures. This needs to be done immediately, before people start to leave voluntarily, and rescuing our struggling social care service becomes an impossible task.
Nearly 150,000 adult social care and NHS jobs could be at risk if EU workers would no longer be able to stay in the UK after Brexit, new analysis has revealed. The TUC has published a regional breakdown of where health and social care services are most reliant on workers from the EU. It found 145,200 workers could leave their right to live and work in the UK, with services in London, the South East and East of England most affected.