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“As a major employer in the health and social care sector, the ability to recruit the nursing and care staff we need is of critical importance to the individual customers and residents who we care for. The UK is already facing a significant shortage of both nursing and care – the independent body Skills for Care estimates that nearly 8% of all nursing posts in adult social care settings are currently vacant. The sector has increasingly had to look overseas to both the EEA and elsewhere to recruit the staff we need. Overseas workers make a crucial contribution to delivering day-to-day care to our residents across the full range of nursing and caring roles. With demand for aged care services increasing (particularly in more acute areas such as dementia) and a shortfall in the number of nurses graduating, this situation will only be exacerbated in the next few years.”
“The UK construction sector’s demand for skilled migrant workers from the EU and beyond cannot be overstated. If the next Government implements an inflexible immigration system that hinders the ability of talented foreign construction workers from making their way to the UK, any manifesto pledges relating to the delivery of housing and infrastructure will be rendered meaningless.”
“EU migrant labour has become important to almost every sector of agriculture from dairy herdsmen, to hatchery workers and, most notably, seasonal workers to plant and harvest crops. An abrupt reduction in the number of EU workers able to work in the UK after leaving the EU would cause massive disruption to the entire food supply chain.”