Rates of pay vary

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

According to the results of Pay & Workforce Research’s annual survey of care home support workers, pay rates for care support staff continue to vary considerably – even for the same job. This year’s survey found that the impact of the national minimum wage, introduced at £3.60 per hour for adult workers in April 1999, is very noticeable. This year’s survey, in which 415 organisations participated, analyses pay rates not just by job title, but by the duties perfomed, and the type of care home – hospice, nursing care, residential and dual registered, etc. Basic pay information was provided by all organisations for the seven job titles included in the survey, which showed that the minimum hourly rate paid for all roles is £3.60, with the median basic hourly rate ranging from £3.60 for a domestic assistant to £4.68 for a cook. Pay rates also vary according to duties performed, with the average hourly rate associated with an unsupervised night care assistant depending on whether or not they “treat pressure sor

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