Community Integrated Care, a social care charity, has unveiled a landmark £5m investment in employee pay, reward, and wellbeing.
The new investment includes a new basic hourly rate for its Support Workers of £9.70 per hour in England and £10.20 in Scotland.
This new comprehensive 3-year employee investment strategy is aimed at rewarding, recognising and retaining its 5,000 strong workforce, as well as responding to the unprecedented recruitment challenges being faced by providers across the sector.
In addition to a 9% pay rise (England), this new financial package also gives staff double-time for Christmas bank holidays and a brand-new wellbeing offering, including flexible working options such as a four-day week, and free mental health support in partnership with wellbeing app, Everymind At Work.
The move means that a Support Worker in England working 40 hours per week will now receive an annual salary of £20,200 – an additional £1,600 (gross) per year.
Earlier this year, the charity commissioned a piece of ground-breaking research by Korn Ferry, the world’s leading experts in job evaluations, to independently assess the role of frontline Support Workers. In their published report - ‘Unfair to Care: understanding the social care pay gap and how to close it’ - Community Integrated Care demonstrated that based on the complexity, responsibility, skill and demands of the role, many social care workers are undervalued by around £7,000 a year in comparison to their counterparts in other public-funded sectors1.
The charity has used its report, and its findings, as a platform to raise awareness of the true value of the 1.6 million people working in care and to lobby the Government to deliver fundamental workforce reform and funding.
Following their announcement, the charity has today launched a national recruitment campaign, Work in Care, where prospective employees can apply for a variety of roles and receive these new rates of pay.
Mark Adams, Chief Executive Officer at Community Integrated Care said, ‘In 2018 we embarked upon our ‘We Dare’ organisational strategy, which aimed to put Community Integrated Care at the forefront of quality, social impact, and workforce standards in our sector. From the outset, a fundamental goal was to provide fairer pay and a better career for people working in care.
‘We recognise though that our charity, and every care provider, has untapped potential and that colleagues working in social care deserve further investment. This can only be realised through central Government commitment to better investment and an effective workforce strategy for the sector. Social care is experiencing a funding and recruitment crisis, and successes like this must not mask the clear threat that many providers are facing or the constraints that all organisations are operating within.’
Visit the Work in Care website for more information about the recruitment campaign.
In other news, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), published today, reveals that between 2019 and 2020 there were approximately 143,774 (36.7%) self-funded care home residents.