PJ Care lifts care workers’ pay by 15%
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Specialist neurological care provider PJ Care has announced an unprecedented increase in pay for their care staff. The increase, which took effect from the 20th September, sees care staff earning between £7.30 and £8.30 per hour, rising by at least a further 20p an hour in February 2016.
PJ Care’s HR manager Liz Morgan said this meant PJ Care now paid their care staff more than the Government National Living wage of £7.20 which comes into effect from April 2016.
“We are delighted to be able to offer our care staff this increase in their hourly rate,” said Ms Morgan.
“We wanted to show them that they are integral to the service we provide, they are the ones who provide the compassionate care to our residents that has become synonymous with PJ Care.”
PJ Care’s chief executive, Johann van Zyl said that, at a time when local authority and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) fees had gone down in real terms, the company had had to work hard to manage the business more effectively to allow the increase in pay for care staff.
“We are a family business so there are no investors demanding profit which means we can invest back into the company for the benefit of our residents and our staff,” said Mr van Zyl.
“We are proud of the high quality of care that we provide. All our carers go through a rigorous recruitment and induction process, we expect them to undergo intensive training and all this has to be reflected in their wages.”
PJ Care is a major provider of specialist neurological care and neuro-rehabilitation for younger people with progressive or acquired neurological conditions. It operates three centres; Mallard House and Bluebirds in Milton Keynes and Eagle Wood in Peterborough, caring for over 180 people and employing nearly 500 staff.