Care home support staff see high pay increases

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

Increases in basic hourly pay rates for care home support staff have increased by an average of 15 per cent over the last two years, or around 7.5 per cent per year, according to a survey by consultants Pay & Workforce Research (PWR). The increases are much higher than pay increases elsewhere or increases in the cost of living. Over the same two-year period the Average Earnings Index increased by only 9 per cent and the cost of living by 5 per cent. NHS staff received average increases of 3.25 per cent or £300 in 2000 and 3.7 per cent or £380 in 2001. According to PWR1s head of research Cheryl Kershaw, there are two causes for the increases – the introduction of the Minimum Wage in April 1999 and the need to overcome recruitment and retention problems in the care sector, which meant that pay in the sector had to become much more competitive. Pay rates for support staff in care homes range from £4.10 per hour for laundry assistants, to £5.50 for cooks (see table). However, pay rates varied considerably, th

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