The government on Friday took action to reduce the decline in the labor market, allowing thousands of agricultural workers and caregivers from overseas to fill the gaps left by the British labor shortage.
In two separate Christmas announcements, officials said British fruit and vegetable growers could hire foreign workers to help harvest the next three years, while foreign workers would be allowed to enter the country under a special visa from the start. in 2022.
The Home Office was reluctant to issue a set of strict immigration laws that were enacted following the EU’s ban on human rights abuses in the UK earlier this year.
The extension of the UK agricultural workers’ visa policy for another three years follows pressure from farmers who warned that reducing the number of foreign workers would reduce domestic food production.
Neil Parish, chairman of the Conservative House of Commons Environmental Committee, said this month Brexit was “destroying” UK agriculture, with job losses hitting various levels.
The Home Office said Friday it would allow 30,000 foreign workers to enter the UK for six months to harvest in 2022, the same number this year, but it is possible to increase that number by 10,000 if necessary.
He added that the agricultural labor system, which was established in 2019, would be expanded for two years later, but with lower numbers since 2023, as ministers seek to force change in domestic services and “high-tech, high-wage economy”.
Environmentalist George Eustice stated: “We recognize the importance of agriculture and the climate on which people are required to work in the harvest and we have heard what our new production companies around the world need to understand their needs.”
Tom Bradshaw, vice president of the National Farmers’ Union, said: “This is good news for the thousands of fruit, vegetable and flower growers who depend on seasonal workers to help us pick, pack and distribute our new crop.” He also noted that the shortage of working people was “significant on all diets”.
Separately, the Department of Health has announced that, for one year, foreign care workers will be eligible to enter the UK under a health and care visa.
Interior Secretary Priti Patel said: “Patient care is facing unprecedented challenges due to the epidemic and the changes we have made to the health and care visa will strengthen staff and help address some of the challenges that are currently underway.”
Adult care was met with a significant decline in employment prior to the Covid-19 epidemic, with Brexit immigration laws expected to increase, but the biggest problem was also low pay.
This month, the state Migration Advisory Committee said development workers should be “immediately added” to the list of jobs that give foreign nationals the opportunity to travel to the UK.
The government has made it clear that the addition of humanitarian workers to the UK’s list of workers’ needs will also be reflected in the reduction of epidemics.
Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, a commercial organization, said it has been pushing for a change in the list of unemployed people “and over time it will address the recruitment challenges that are so severe in caring for older people”.
Daisy Cooper, a spokeswoman for the Liberal Democrat, said the government’s move was “slower, slower”.
“The issuance of a minimum one-year visa will probably not attract the number of care workers we need,” he added.
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