Preparing for Brexit

Advice for adult social care employers on the impact of leaving the EU

 Skills for Care estimates that there were 1.35 million jobs in local authority and independent sector adult social care employers.

Data from the Adult Social Care (ASC) Workforce Data Set shows that there were around 233,000 jobs in adult social care held by people with a non-British nationality (104,000 EU; 129,000 non-EU).

  • Around 83% of the adult social care workforce were British.
  • 7% (104,000 jobs) had an EU nationality and 10% (129,000 jobs) had a non-EU nationality.
  • The proportion of the adult social care workforce with a British nationality has been consistent over the past six years (from 2012/13 to 2017/18), rising one percentage point over the period. The proportion of EU (non-British) workers has risen three percentage points and non-EU workers has fallen three percentage points over the period.

More information on this and Workforce nationality figures

Actions for adult social care providers to prepare for Brexit

The Government has published online guidance on what adult social care providers and local authorities need to do to prepare for a no-deal Brexit, and the webpage allows you to register for updates.


The EU Settlement Scheme

EU nationals can register for settled status if they have been in the UK for 5 years, or pre-settled status if they have been here for less than 5 years.

The scheme is free and the deadline for applications is 31 December 2020 if there is a no-deal Brexit, or 30 June 2021 if the UK leaves the EU with a deal.

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme


For help with planning for the impact please see the following Skills for Care resources;

Workforce planning

Skills for Care support with recruitment