Award winning care provider, Hallmark Care Homes, has announced it is paying all staff in England at or above the Real Living Wage from today in recognition of their efforts over the past year.
Care worker salaries will start from £9.50 an hour and £10.85 in London, meaning that workers will be paid an additional £1,200 and £4,000 annually, respectively, compared with someone on the National Minimum Wage.
Welsh team members have also been recognised with an increase above the Minimum Wage meaning they will receive at least £9 per hour. This comes on top of a half million-pound bonus paid to all care home-based team members before Christmas with employees receiving on average £250 each.
Executive Chair of Hallmark Care Homes, Avnish Goyal, (pictured) said: “We have an amazing, caring and dedicated workforce and as part of our commitment to Championing Social Care the team need more than an applaud for the vital role they play in caring for older people.
“The pandemic has further shown the need for the care sector to be recognised as a skilled profession and be rewarded appropriately. These pay increases are another step in the right direction on our quest to achieve this.”
People and Performance Director at Hallmark Care Homes, Elizabeth Fairchild, said: “We are committed to supporting the aspirations of our team through not only providing high-quality training and personal development but also in how we reward them.
“We hope these pay rises will reflect our gratitude for their outstanding work this past year as we look forward to the future.”