International recruitment fund for the adult social care sector

Information on the £15 million fund to help tackle the barriers of international recruitment, while upholding ethical recruitment and employment practices.

Applies to England



This guidance is for local authorities and adult social care providers.

In February 2022 care workers were added to the Health and Care Worker visa shortage occupation list, enabling these roles to be recruited from overseas.

Government can confirm that it is making £15 million available over 2023 to 2024 to help support international recruitment within the adult social care sector.

The aim of this fund is to promote collaborative arrangements which reduce administrative complexity and burden, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) providers. For example, the local support arrangements may offer providers help with:

  • identifying overseas candidates
  • completing sponsorship licence and visa applications
  • onboarding
  • ongoing support for international recruits

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Published 10 February 2023
Last updated 817 March 2023 + show all updates
  1. Added attachments: 'Annex A: grant determination letter' and 'Annex B: grant allocations'.

  2. Added to the Conditions' section: 'Partnerships should engage Ukrainian, Afghan and other foreign nationals with a right to work in the region and employers to ensure that opportunities to work in the adult social care sector are promoted'.

  3. First published.