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Graduate jobs 'could emerge in social care'

Published: Thursday, 13 November 2008   Category: Public sector

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has warned of a possible shortage of social care workers in the UK, in comments which may buoy university leavers seeking graduate jobs in the sector.

With social care not included on the Tier Two list of the UK's new points-based immigration system – which identifies professions currently welcoming labour from outside of the European Union – the REC has warned that many vacancies may be difficult to fill.

REC director of external relations Tom Hadley said the general principle of the occupational shortages list was "sound", but it was "a major concern" that no consideration had been given to social care.

However, he commented that it was "encouraging" that the Home Office had taken the views of professional recruiters on board and agreed to review whether social workers should be included.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Tier Two list was to be revised in order to reduce immigration levels in the wake of rising UK unemployment.

Around 200,000 fewer jobs are expected to be made unavailable to non-EU workers as a result of the Home Office's decision.

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