Survey shows basic pay rates are higher in the independent sector

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

People employed by independent care providers are more likely to have a higher level of basic pay than those in the NHS, according to a survey carried out by Pay & Workforce Research (PWR). Within the NHS, pay rates are generally higher for staff on Trust employment contracts than for those employed on national Whitley contracts. Cheryl Kershaw from Pay & Workforce Research said the situation was very complex because of differences in the way staff are paid. For example some employees received allowances in addition to their basic pay while others did not. “Our survey found that around 75% of staff employed by independent care providers receive no additional allowances,” Ms Kershaw said. “Furthermore, in the NHS, staff are generally employed on a pay range. This means that their pay increases as they become more experienced, but staff in independent care organisations are paid ‘spot’ salaries so their pay does not increase as they become more experienced. “NHS staff also receive more non pay benefits such as

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