International Social Workers
If you’re keen to progress your social work career within the UK, we have extensive experience of supporting candidates throughout the entire process of starting a new role. We work closely with local authorities, charities and private sector organisations across the country to give you the greatest variety of permanent social work jobs.
As one of the UK’s largest health and social care recruiters, we can help you secure your ideal role.
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It’s an absolute pleasure working with you. You’re very engaging, dependable and quick to help. As an international candidate, I’ve been consistently impressed since the first day you contacted me for a UK social work role. You are very reachable, easy to work with and are always willing to take time to discuss my concerns. Your team are friendly, intelligent, hardworking and professional.
May the efficiency you showed me help other international candidates find their dream role and also receive the same top-notch support.
It’s with great enthusiasm that I’m writing to recommend the service of Dan Halls, who works for Sanctuary International. He was able to secure me an interview in a London borough, which I was successful in. Getting a job in the UK is one of the very first stages of the process to relocate to the UK; there are lots of other issues that need attention. This process, without any guidance, would’ve been very stressful, however it was made so much easier by Dan who was always responsive to my enquiries.
Sanctuary International have been excellent throughout my recruitment process; their hard work and brilliant communication skills have kept me at ease the whole time. They really did help me secure my dream role as a Social Worker in the UK.
My family and I are so grateful for all they’ve done. Not only did they greet us as we arrived into the UK, but they secured us a flat and went above and beyond (even helping us get the essentials we needed for our new home). We were blown away by how humble, supportive and helpful the International team have been.
We are forever grateful for the work they’ve done. Thank you.
Sanctuary International has been a huge help since I started the process. When my application for the first position didn’t go through, they immediately found a second one. Luckily, I was accepted.
The International team were responsive to my queries and concerns. They were especially helpful and patient when I was completing my visa application forms. Whenever I had a question, they would answer them ASAP. Now, they’re helping me with the last step - a seminar in the Philippines - by connecting me to their local partner.
UK Government structure
Having recently relocated to the UK, you may have some questions on the UK government. Here is a simple breakdown of the structure and their overarching responsibilities. Quick facts: Current Prime Minister: Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP Current Secretary of State for Health and Social Care: Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP Current political party: Conservative General election: Held every four years Voting age: 18+ Who is the Head of State? The UK is a constitutional monarchy meaning that the head of state is Queen Elizabeth II. The government is formed in her name, although the reigning monarch cannot make any open political decisions. The role of the Prime Minister The government is led by the Prime Minister, who takes responsibility for all policies and decisions. He oversees the operation of the civil service/government agencies and appointments members of the government. The Cabinet Senior members of government form a ‘Cabinet’. They meet each week to discuss pressing matters. Generally, the Cabinet is formed from the various Secretary’s of State and other senior ministers. The role of Members of Parliament (MPs) MPs are democratically elected by UK constituents to represent their interests in Parliament. They can ask questions to the Prime Minister and other government ministers and debate issues. They can also ask the government to justify or explain decisions and policies. Members of the public are entitled to contact their local MP if they have an issue or concern. Local government Although laws and legislation are made nationally, local government play an important role in making and carrying out decisions on behalf of local services. County Councils are responsible for a variety of region-wide issues such as education, transport, social care and planning. Borough or City Councils are responsible for smaller issues such as rubbish collections, recycling, council tax and housing. To find your next UK role, please contact Paul Hayward.
Budget 2020 – how will it affect overseas workers looking for jobs in the UK?
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivered his first budget on Wednesday 11 March. It covered a range of issues including infrastructure, putting more money in the public’s pocket, green priorities, supporting those in need and of course COVID-19. It set out a three-point plan designed to support the country through the coronavirus outbreak, assisting people unable to work, protecting jobs and businesses, and providing money for public services. If you’re overseas and looking for work in the UK health or social care sectors, you may be a little confused about how the new budget will affect you. Here are some key points we think will be most relevant and helpful to you: Hike to immigration health surchargeSunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), which is paid annually by migrants living in Britain, will increase by £224. The IHS is required by EU and non-EU citizens. Statutory sick pay will be available to individuals self-isolatingThe budget outlined the financial support that will be available to those affected by coronavirus. Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will now be offered to people diagnosed with COVID-19, or those unable to work because they’re self-isolating in line with government advice. This goes hand-in-hand with the change announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 4 March that SSP will be payable from day one, instead of day four for affected individuals. Sick notes will be available by contacting NHS 111. Government to increase NHS funding by £6 billionSunak pledged more than £6 billion of new funding to support the NHS, including: Creating 50 million more GP surgery appointments Ensuring there are 50,000 more nurses Funding wider commitments on hospital car parking and support for people with learning disabilities and autism Investment on new hospital projectsOver £100 million in 2020-21 will be invested to make progress on the 40 new hospital projects announced as part of the Health Infrastructure Plan. This should ensure the NHS has world-class facilities for patients and staff for the long-term.Extended 4G coverageWhen you come to work in the UK, you’ll need to be able to communicate easily with your loved ones back home. Sunak announced that the government will spend over £500 million to extend 4G mobile coverage – which is 10 times faster than 3G – to 95% of the UK, which means quicker Internet access and video calling.If you’re an overseas worker looking for a new health or social care job in the UK, and you have specific questions on the points mentioned above, get in touch with our International team.
Celebrating World Social Work Day
World Social Work Day is being celebrated on Tuesday 17th March 2020. As this day approaches, we wanted to draw your attention to a range of events which are taking place across the UK to celebrate and recognise the social work profession. The international day of recognition (which is now in its 37th year) is designed to appreciate the achievements of social workers from around the globe. Launched by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) in 1983, World Social Work Day encourages social workers to stand together and share a common message. The campaign is focusing on “Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships”.The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has devised a schedule of events throughout the UK including film screenings, conferences and workshops. A full list of events (plus booking information) is available on their website.Many universities are also hosting events for World Social Work Day; for example, the London Metropolitan University is running a half-day workshop featuring a keynote speech from Dr. Sevasti-Melissa Nolas, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. The West Midlands Teaching Partnership are holding a free event in Staffordshire, as is the University of Salford.It’s exciting to learn that World Social Work Day will be officially celebrated by the IFSW at the United Nations building in New York City. It shows the impact of social workers on a global level and raises awareness of social works’ valuable contribution to society. Each year, more and more events are being held by local authorities, professional organisations, and universities. It’s a remarkable way of celebrating such a fantastic profession.How will you be celebrating World Social Work Day? We’d love to hear about anything you have planned for the day, and you can join in the conversation online using the hashtag #worldsocialworkday2020
Five must have apps when moving to London
So, you’ve made the exciting leap of applying for, and securing a new role in London. The good news is, in-between shifts, you’ll never run out of things to do. There are so many wonderful little gems across the capital to keep you entertained when you’re not working, but how will you know where to find them? London is one of the best places for food in the world, but where can you order it from? And, getting around the city – where do you start?We’ve got you covered with a list of five ‘must have’ apps you’ll need if you’re moving to London to make your time there as smooth as possible: CitymapperThis will be your one-stop shop for all things transport in London. We all know that following maps can be complicated, so this easy-to-digest map app will get you where you need to go with minimal fuss. MonzoIf you’re new to the UK, setting up a bank account can be a challenging process. Monzo helps to make this as simple as possible. There’s no branch; everything, including your cash, is within your smartphone for easy access and a no-fuss service. UberIf you haven’t heard about this taxi service, you must’ve been living under a rock. Uber is very much part of London culture, and will be your go-to method if you need to get somewhere quickly and cheaply, be it a late-night journey home or if you just don’t feel like facing public transport.DeliverooWe’ve already mentioned that London has some of the best cuisines in the world, but what if you don’t fancy heading out to a restaurant? With Deliveroo, you can enjoy a huge variety of food – from fast and greasy, to fine dining – all from the comfort of your sofa.TreatwellWith self-care being a big focus for us all at present, you may want to treat yourself to some ‘you-time’ once you’re settled into London life. This booking site allows you to book hair and beauty services and much more, all with complete ease.To find your next UK role, please contact Lee Emmett.
What is Brexit and will it affect me if I relocate to the UK?
Now that the UK has left the European Union (EU), if you’re currently overseas and looking for a healthcare or social work job here you might have some questions. So, what is Brexit? What’s the current status? And how could it affect you as a migrant worker? BrexitA blend of the words ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’, Brexit is the word used to describe Britain’s split from the EU and the change in its relationship on trade, security and migration. In 2013, former UK Prime Minister David Cameron promised the nation a referendum on EU membership. People were to decide whether to remain or leave. After a somewhat contentious national campaign, the decision was to leave, with the support of 52% of voters. Since then, there have been many debates to figure out how the country could and should actually leave the EU. The Current Status On 31 January 2020, Britain left the EU and has now entered an 11-month transition period. Read more on all you need to know about Brexit. How will Brexit affect me? In February 2020, the UK government set out its post-Brexit immigration system, which operates on points (with 70 points needed for an overseas citizen to work in the UK). Under the new system, it is essential to have a job offer at an appropriate skill level by an approved sponsor, and to speak English at the required standard. Having these would award potential workers 50 points, with them able to gain the extra points needed by earning over £25,600, having a PhD in a STEM subject, or having an offer of a job in which the UK has a shortage. We do in fact have a shortage of nurses, doctors, social workers and allied health professionals here, so if you’re looking to relocate for a job in these sectors, the good news is you’ll still be able to. For more information on how Brexit could impact your journey to working in the UK, get in touch with Keith Pilkington, Head of Operations.
Is the UK a good country to live in?
Back in 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report stating that the UK was one of the best places to live and work. It concluded that the UK’s high environmental quality, social engagement, personal security and other factors was where it excelled among developed countries. So, what does this mean for a person coming to live and work in the UK from overseas? Which areas make the UK a good country to live in? High environmental qualityAlthough the UK’s litter problem is increasing (the Litter Action group says that 59% of its volunteers reported the problem of rural litter as ‘more than they could deal with’) according to the OECD report, it was the best performing country when it came to water quality and did noticeably better than average regarding air pollution. A happy environmentAnd, we’re getting happier. The seventh World Happiness Report 2019 – which ask 3,000 people from each country to score their happiness on a scale from 0 to 10 – placed the UK 15th out of 156 countries surveyed, climbing four places since the previous year. Good social connectionsThe report shows we’re a nation with the best quality of social connections. 95% of people in the UK said they have friends they can rely upon, compared to Turkey where 23% didn’t think they had friends they could count on. Tackling lonelinessThere’s a wealth of evidence that positive relationships and shared activities contribute to our wellbeing. Loneliness and poor social connections are proven to be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes a day; we’re lucky to be home to several charities that offer support to tackle the issue, from Campaign to End Loneliness, Age UK and Linking Lives. There are also many volunteering opportunities at these charities; volunteering is a great way to make friends, learn new skills and feel happier and healthier. There are other important factors to consider when asking if the UK is a good place to live; our weather, civic engagement, work/life balance, health services etc. This is ultimately an objective question, the answer to which will differ depending on who you’re asking. To gauge whether you’d be happy living here, why not ask someone you know, who has already relocated to work in the UK.To find your next UK role, please contact Dan Halls.