EXCLUSIVE: Salaried care staff are the most motivated, says Oakdale chief

Andrew Long

Oakdale Care Group CEO and founder Andrew Long has said employing care staff on a salary basis is key to having a motivated workforce.

Andrew’s comments follow a survey by independent job site CV-Library which shows a good salary is the most important factor for care staff (see A ‘good salary’ tops care workers career priorities).

Andrew told CHP: “When we set Oakdale up we deliberately implemented a policy of paying all staff on a salaried basis, as opposed to pay by the hour.

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“In our view the old fashioned means of measuring a team member’s worth by having them clock in/out and paying them on an hourly rate seemed very old fashioned and somewhat inconsistent with the message in the social care sector about professionalism and standards. Why have head office and management staff paid salary and not the front line workers?”

Oakdale adopts a simple remuneration model focused on providing the best possible salary for its workforce rather than a range of add on bonuses and benefit schemes.

A recent report by the National Audit Office found that low pay was a major contributor to high workforce turnover and vacancy rates in the social care sector.

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