With effect from 15th February 2022, care workers have been added to the Shortage Occupation List.
The Shortage Occupation List is a list of jobs which are deemed to be in short supply. This means that these roles are now eligible for sponsorship under the Health and Care visa. A minimum annual salary threshold of £20,480 will apply to care workers under this route. Care workers also require to be paid the minimum going rate for the job code. This change is a temporary measure which will initially be in place for a 12 month period. The Home Office has stated that a decision was taken to add care workers to the Shortage Occupation List as a result of the pandemic pressures.
The relevant job code which has been added to the Shortage Occupation List is 6145 which includes: Care Assistant - Care Worker - Carer - Home Care Assistant - Home Carer - Support Work (Nursing Home)
Further details on how to apply are here: