The care and charity sector comprises a workforce of 1.5 million people and there are around 90,000 vacancies in social care job at any one time[1]. Workers and vacancies are concentrated in social work, residential care, education and membership organisations.

If the same rules that apply to non-EU nationals were applied to EU nationals that are currently working in the charity sector, 82% of EU nationals would not be eligible to apply for a work visa[2].

Charities would therefore face an immediate skills shortage if they are unable to employ workers from the European Union. Recruitment processes currently in place would not be sufficient to cope with the system which is currently implemented by the Home Office for non-EU workers. Ending freedom of movement would ultimately lead to a negative effect on the delivery of social care in the UK.

The Government should be focusing on making funds to up-skill their staff and train young people in the UK to fill in the gap which will most certainly widen when the UK leaves the EU.

It is not mandatory for an EEA national to hold documentation certifying residence or permanent residence in the UK. But we think that anyone who is planning to remain and work in the UK should apply. Holders of these documents will avoid questioning by the Immigration control upon their return form travels, and avoid delays in seeking employment.