A Sheffield care home boss is giving his staff a 21.8% pay rise in recognition of their efforts in the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Roy Young (pictured left), of Silver Healthcare, who employs over 60 staff at two care homes, said he was introducing the wage hike with immediate effect to give his workers “the respect they deserve”.
“There has been a great deal in the news pledging support for the great work of NHS staff,” Roy said.
“People often forget the army of dedicated care staff that work in care homes like mine. They’re turning up everything day to protect and care for the most vulnerable people in society and the majority are on minimum wage. They continue to come into work whilst the rest of the country stays indoors to protect themselves from coronavirus. They are under great stress, they do a brilliant job and they deserve more.”
The care home boss is upping the hourly rate of his minimum wage workforce by £1.79 to £10.
Inadequate government funding combined with a shortage of qualified staff forced Roy to shut his Fulwood Lodge home in November last year after 20 years.
The new wage level will last for the next month and then come under review.
Roy added: “I’ve worked in care over three decades and the situation was already incredibly challenging. If any good comes out of the present situation it will be to realise the vital importance of care staff that do an amazing job for very little reward.”
Silver Healthcare’s two homes – Rosebank and Leahyrst – specialise in dementia care.