Ben Macpherson, Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development dropped by our Lochend service recently to discuss the implications that Brexit would have on recruitment within the social care sector.

He met with a number of staff from our Edinburgh teams, who come from countries all across Europe, to hear their thoughts on what Brexit may mean for them and their futures.

Kat Todorova, service manager at Lochend, originally from Bulgaria, said:

it was a pleasure to meet Mr Macpherson and engage in conversations with staff about our future in health and social care after Brexit. Carr Gomm currently employs a lot of EU staff who play a paramount role in delivering person-centred services to the people we support and it is important that we are aware of the future developments.”

Like us, Mr Macpherson believes in a diverse workforce and made the stark warning that shortages of skilled workers in sectors such as social care will only get worse as a result of leaving the European Union.

The ministerial visit was also to mark the publication of extensive evidence on issues facing a range of sectors including tourism, construction, financial services, agriculture, and education.

Mr Macpherson said:

These papers provide detailed evidence on recruitment needs across the whole Scottish economy, with a particular focus on our vital health and social care sectors. That focus is especially important as UK immigration policy after leaving the EU could create a barrier to entry-level routes into health and care professions in Scotland. Salaries in social care in particular would typically not meet the UK Government’s proposed £30,000 minimum threshold, with average salaries closer to £18,000.

Lucy Wren, Carr Gomm’s Chief Executive, said:

Brexit is an issue that we are closely monitoring. We want to continually provide professional person-centred support to each and every individual we work with, which requires a strong and reliable workforce. We will be keeping up to date with developments and planning accordingly into the future.”