Hartford Care says that all of its staff will be paid a minimum of £8 per hour by the beginning of next year.
The south of England group, which operates 12 homes around Southampton and the New Forest, says it will pay above today’s minimum wage, and more than the £7.20 National Minimum Wage that begins in April next year because it will help attract and retain the best staff.
“This is fantastic news not only for our staff but also our residents. The care sector has often been criticised around the rewards structure for their staff and it is great that at Hartford Care we are able to financially recognise our team for the amazing work they do each and every day,” said Sean Gavin, CEO of Hartford Care.
“I am so proud of the way our teams look after our residents and go that extra mile to ensure they enjoy a great life with us. We feel that it is only right to commit to our staff in the same way that they commit to our homes and our residents,” Gavin added.
Hartford Care is close to completing its next home, which is located on the grounds of the former St Mary’s Hospital site on Milton Road in central Portsmouth (pictured above).
The premium 60-bedroom care home is due to open in the spring of next year.