LONDON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Senior care workers and nursing assistants are among the occupations that should be added to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) to relieve pressure when freedom of movements ends, the British Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) said Tuesday.
Providing independent advice on migration issues to the British government, the MAC said other occupations which should be added to the SOL include butchers, bricklayers and welders, where there is clear evidence of staff and skills shortages which could be filled by overseas workers.
Fishmongers, bakers and horticultural workers are more needed in Northern Ireland, as Scotland needs more childminders and nursery nurses while Wales requiring more health professionals, said the MAC.
The committee has, however, warned of the consequences of low wages in social care, with most frontline occupations in the sector ineligible for the skilled worker route and the SOL, reiterating the need to make jobs more attractive to British workers by increasing salaries rather than relying on migrants.
When the Brexit transition period ends on Dec. 31, free movement of workers into Britain from the European Union (EU) states, with the exception of Ireland, will end. EU citizens will have to apply to migrate for work purposes to Britain in the same way that applies to people from the rest of the world.