UK offers £20,480 as minimum salary per year
By Jeph Ajobaju, Chief Copy Editor
Italy has the largest population of Nigerians in Europe, with three million registered from the island of Sicily in the deep south and Sardinia, across to Rome in the middle and Tirano in the far north. The figure does not include undocumented Nigerians.
Italy does not even speak English. Italy speaks Italian, which Nigerians – whose second language is English – must learn from scratch to get on.
Now, the United Kingdom with multiple advantages is trying to catch up with Italy in luring Nigerians – who have historical ties with the Brits. There is a common language. London and the English midlands are the favourite haunts of Nigerians.
Some 9,189 Nigerian doctors are already employed in Boris Johnson country, 805 of them licensed by the British General Medical Council (BGMC) between July and December 25, 2021.
The figure does not include Nigerian doctors trained and practising in the UK, according to BGMC data.
Doctor are highly skilled professionals who take years of academic and practical training to qualify.
Their salary per year ranges from £28,808 for junior hospital trainee Foundation Year 1 (FY 1) to £114,003 for consultants, according to imgconnect.co.uk
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Other healthcare workers
By Covid and by workers shortage, the UK is also seeking from anywhere in the world “care assistants and nursing home staff” with little or no professional training, to come in for a minimum £20,480 salary per year.
This is a great lure for intrepid Nigerian globalists eager to migrate to any country on earth, big or small.
The UK Department of Health and Social Care announced in a statement plans to expand the Health and Care visa scheme to recruit care workers.
The Health and Care Worker visa was launched in August 2020 and it allows medical professionals “to come to or stay in the UK to work with the NHS, an NHS supplier or in adult social care,” the statement said.
The Visa offers 50 per cent visa fee reduction, an exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge and a speedier decision following application.
The offer is open to
The decision was taken as part of efforts to address pandemic challenges.
“Thousands of additional care workers could be recruited to boost the adult social care workforce following temporary changes to the health and care visa to make social care workers, care assistants and home care workers eligible for a 12-month period.
“This will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for social care employers to recruit eligible workers to fill vital gaps.
“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a range of staff shortages within the social care sector, placing pressures on the existing workforce, despite the incredible and tireless efforts of social care staff.
“This boost follows the recommendation from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to make care workers and home carers eligible for the Health and Care visa and add the occupation to the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).
“Inclusion on the Shortage Occupation List will stipulate an annual salary minimum of £20,480 for carers to qualify for the Health and Care visa.
“The UK is committed to becoming a high-skilled, high-wage economy and minimum salaries must reflect the professional skills that are required to provide quality care.
“The Health and Care visa will allow applicants and their dependents to benefit from fast-track processing, dedicated resources in processing applications and reduced visa fees.
“The temporary measures are expected to come into effect [in] early  and will be in place for a minimum of 12 months, providing a much-needed staffing boost while the sector deals with the additional pressures of the pandemic, at which point they will be reviewed.”
Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said:
“It is vital we continue to do all we can to protect the social care sector during the pandemic and beyond.
“These measures, together with the series of support packages announced since September, will help us ensure short term sustainability and success for our long-term vision to build social care back better.
“I also urge all care staff yet to do so to come forward to Get Boosted Now to protect themselves and those they care for.
“Care providers who do not already hold a sponsor licence in the Skilled Worker route can prepare to take advantage of the offer by registering for a sponsorship licence ahead of implementation.
“Providers who are new to visa sponsorship will be supported through the process through a series of engagement activities in January and February, to introduce them to the system and find out how to act as a visa sponsor.
“Care workers and carers recruited to the UK will be able to bring their dependents, including partner and children, with the Health and Care visa offering a pathway to settlement should they remain employed and wish to remain in the UK.
Immigration new plan
Home Secretary Priti Patel MP added:
“The care sector is experiencing unprecedented challenges prompted by the pandemic and the changes we’ve made to the health and care visa will bolster the workforce and helping alleviate some of the pressures currently being experienced.
“This is our New Plan for Immigration in action, delivering our commitment to support the NHS and the wider health and care sector by making it easier for health professionals to live and work in the UK.
“The move follows an investment of £465.2 million in supporting recruitment and retention of social care staff through the challenging winter period.
“This is on top of the £500 million for workforce training, qualifications and wellbeing announced as part of the Health and Social Care Levy.
“This funding is in addition to £6 billion committed to councils through un-ringfenced grants to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on their services, including adult social care, with total funding for adult social care over the pandemic coming to over £2.5 billion.
“This follows wider plans to improve social care and fulfil the ten-year vision set out in the adult social care reform white paper – ‘People at the Heart of Care’, which provided details on how over £1 billion for system reform will be spent over the next three years to improve the lives of those who receive care – as well as their families and carers.
“Further details on integration will follow [in] early .”
For further information on the press release on the social care job vacancies on the UK Department of Health and Social Care website, CLICK HERE.