Leading care home operators HC-One and The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have announced pay awards to recognise the skills and dedication of their staff.
HC-One is investing £17m in ensuring that all staff with two years’ experience will be paid above the Real Living Wage (£9.90/hour) regardless of their age.
In addition, new colleagues beginning their care careers will receive a pay increase after six months in recognition of their learning and experience gained. Colleagues in London will receive above the London Real Living Wage rate (£11.05/hour) after six months, to reflect the costs of living in the capital.
The final rates are subject to consultation with HC-One’s recognised union, the GMB.
James Tugendhat, Chief Executive Officer of HC-One, (pictured) said: “Our care colleagues contribute an incredible amount to the communities we serve. Our enhanced pay and reward strategy recognises that value, and is the significant next step on our ongoing journey to ensure that the social care workforce is well rewarded, respected and professionalised.”
Meanwhile, leading not for profit provider OSJCT has brought forward its April 2022 pay award to support its frontline staff during the winter months.
The pay award means that OSJCT employees will be paid above the current Real Living Wage and well above the National Living Wage, with rates remaining at or above the NLW increase to be introduced next April.
Dan Hayes, CEO of OSJCT, said: “The social care workforce is not adequately recognised and the sector does not receive the funding it needs to ensure employees are more fairly rewarded. Our employees have worked tirelessly and with good grace, day in day out through some of the most challenging times in living history, to support our elderly residents, their families, and each other. This is why the Trust has prioritised a number of measures, including this early pay award, to recognise the vital work of our colleagues.”