25th March 2021: As of this week, AbleCare Homes is now accredited as a Living Wage Employer. This important commitment will mean all staff across AbleCare’s six sites within the South West will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50, significantly higher than the government minimum for under 25s, which is £8.72. The new accreditation is likely to affect more than 100 of AbleCare staff, many of which are frontline care workers.
In a region where over 20% of all jobs pay less than the real Living Wage, AbleCare has worked towards this accreditation despite the rising challenges facing social care. Alongside ensuring staff receive a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work, it is hoped the new accreditation will also help raise the profile of a career in care as the local sector continues to face complex recruitment issues.
Sam Hawker, Managing Director at AbleCare, commented: “It has been our long-term aim to pay the real Living Wage, and we have worked hard to reach this milestone. Social Care workers carry out valuable and essential jobs, and we are pleased to recognise this as a rewarding career.”
Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 250,000 people and put over £1.3 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers. 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.
Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “We’re delighted that AbleCare Homes has joined the movement of 7,000 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, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer, and they, like AbleCare Homes, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”