Labour shortages – is sponsorship an option?


07-09-2021
Julie Moktadir

Julie Moktadir, Stone King’s Head of Immigration, advises individuals as well as businesses and organisations wanting to recruit from abroad. She explains that, unless there is a change of government policy, sponsoring roles such as care home workers or lorry drivers isn’t an option.

“Currently there are simply not enough lorry drivers in the UK as a result of so many EU nationals leaving the UK or not having the relevant status to work in the UK,” said Julie.

“Lorry drivers are not however an eligible role for sponsorship so vacancies can’t be filled through this route.

“Only jobs that are eligible can be sponsored – the job must have a four-digit occupation code and be on the workers relevant list of ‘skilled workers’ – we act for a number of schools and charities who have applied for sponsor licences – fortunately many of the roles are eligible.

“Care homes and those working within the care sector are facing significant shortages of workers.

“This is particularly so for care workers.

“Currently only senior care workers on a salary of £16,900 per annum (or £10.10 an hour) can be sponsored.

“With many care workers receiving the national living wage of £8.91 per hour, many care homes can simply not afford to sponsor.”

Organisations wanting sponsorship or immigration advice can contact Julie on 0800 111 4336 or email juliemoktadir@stoneking.co.uk.

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