Rethink on pay rates for senior staff
The National Care Association (NCA)has welcomed the announcement by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) about changes in the rules for senior care staff pay.
Following complaints that the £8.80 an hour wage rate defining a skilled care worker was set too high MAC has decided to lower the qualifying wage rate to £7.80 an hour, but has added the criteria that they also need to have two years’ experience, an NQF level two qualification and supervisory responsibilities. It is anticipated that this move will reduce the number of care jobs open to overseas staff from a third of the sector to about a fifth.
NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed said the MAC’s decision was a step in the right direction and a positive sign that they were listening to the real concerns of care providers.