Moving to the UK to start a role in social care? Here’s what to expect…

Are you interested in moving to the UK to start a career in social care? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Our expert consultants are here to share some insight on what to expect, including factors to take into consideration before making the big move. 

Key considerations 

Although relocating to start a new career can be exciting, it’s important to remember the admin that comes as part of the package. Here’s a few things to consider when making the decision to move to the UK…

  • Paperwork – Get ready for a flood of paperwork to come your way when you decide to move to the UK. This will include but is not limited to: applying for a visa, setting up a bank account and sorting out health insurance. These processes can take a long time to complete so make sure you’re prepared and 100% committed to the move!
  • Cost of living – Make sure it is financially viable for you to live in the UK, taking into consideration food prices, rent and bills. Given the ongoing cost of living crisis, this is more salient than ever. 
  • Finding somewhere to live – Start researching the area you are planning to move to early on so you know what to expect in terms of rent, schools, local neighbourhood etc. If you’re planning to move to London, bear in mind that the rental market moves fast and can be pretty competitive. We recommend seeking the help of a local estate agents who will be able to advise you on properties based on your requirements. 


Steps to starting a role in social care 

  1. Check you have the relevant qualifications.
  2. Take an English language test – apart from those who are exempt, the government requires all overseas social work professionals to prove their English language skills. Employers accept either the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).
  3. Sign up with Social Work England (this is mandatory for all practising social workers in the UK). 
  4. Register as a candidate with Social Personnel and upload your CV so our industry-leading consultants can help land you your ideal role in social care!
  5. Get applying! Browse our vast range of open vacancies and let one of the team know if you’re interested in applying so we can help you with next steps. 

How can we help? 

Once you’ve followed these steps, we will support you in securing your dream role, including advice on correct documentation and interview tips! 

Unfortunately, Social Personnel are not currently in a position to offer sponsorships – however, we can help you relocate if you have the right to work in the UK. 

We exist to help candidates secure the perfect role in social care and offer continuous support throughout the recruitment process, including career advice and CV writing tips. 

To find out more about working with us, get in touch via email at [email protected] and someone from our friendly team will get back to you as soon as possible. 

carlette Isaac

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