28 February 2024

Local care company commits to being a Living Wage employer

Last week, a South West based care company with a local, family-run care home in Salisbury, was accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

Wessex Care’s Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Wessex Care receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

Wessex Care is based in the South West, a region where almost a fifth of all jobs (18.1%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 424,000 jobs. Despite this, Wessex Care has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work and is now 1 of only 27 Health & Social Care companies in the South West accredited with the Living Wage Foundation.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum.

Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Christian Airey, Business Director at Wessex Care said, “We believe that everyone should receive fair day’s pay for a day’s work and be properly rewarded for the amazing work they do every day. We have been committed to providing high standards for our employees for some time, including the provision of annual salaries for our community care team, instead of zero hour, contact time only contracts which are common in the domiciliary sector.

“We hope that this will also help to raise increased awareness of living wage standards and go some way to recognise the true value of health and social care workers.”

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation commented, “We’re delighted that Wessex Care has joined the movement of almost 9,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry , Barclays, Everton Football Club and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Wessex Care, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

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Beth Doherty
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Written by Beth Doherty