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An audit of the impact of work permit restrictions


Major changes have taken place to the UK government’s immigration strategy at a time when there is evidence of increased numbers of workers born outside the UK working in the adult social care sector. The study was commissioned to audit the impact of changes to work permits for senior care workers introduced prior to the introduction of the Tier 2 points based immigration system. 

Research team

Jo Moriarty, SCWRU (Principal Investigator)
Jill Manthorpe, SCWRU


Department of Health


Employers in social care have expressed concerns about changes to the work permit system for senior carers in terms of their ability to meet the increased cost of wages that may result from changes to the work permit system. Employers have voiced concerns that they would not be able to recruit workers with the skills and experience to replace those whose permits were not renewed.


Forty-seven telephone and face-to-face interviews were undertaken with a range of employers asking about their experiences of recruiting senior care workers within the context of recruitment and retention within the sector more generally. This was complemented by secondary analysis of a subset of senior care workers from the National Minimum Data Set for Social Care.


March – July 2009


Moriarty, J. & Manthorpe, J., (2008), 'An Audit of the Impact of Work Permit Restrictions on Senior Care Workers' [pdf, 2.71 MB], Swindon: Economic and Social Research Council.
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