Multi-award-winning care provider, Hallmark Care Homes, has announced that all its team members in England will be paid at or above the rate set by the Real Living Wage Foundation from the 1st of April 2021. This means care worker salaries will now start from £9.50 per hour and £10.85 in London.
The increase will ensure a full-time worker paid the new £9.50 Real Living Wage will receive more than £1,200 in additional wages annually compared to someone on the national minimum wage. For a full-time worker in London this figure rises to more than £4,000.
The family run care group with 13 homes in England, three of which are rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission has made the decision to recognise their employees for their dedication and resilience, over the past year.
Welsh team members have also been recognised with an increase above the minimum wage meaning they will receive at least £9 per hour. This comes on top of a half million-pound bonus paid to all care home-based team members before Christmas with employees receiving on average £250 each.
Executive Chair of Hallmark Care Homes, Avnish Goyal said: “We have an amazing, caring and dedicated workforce and as part of our commitment to Championing Social Care the team need more than an applaud for the vital role they play in caring for older people.
“The pandemic has further shown the need for the care sector to be recognised as a skilled profession and be rewarded appropriately. These pay increases are another step in the right direction on our quest to achieve this.”
People and Performance Director at Hallmark Care Homes, Elizabeth Fairchild said: “We are committed to supporting the aspirations of our team through not only providing high-quality training and personal development but also in how we reward them.
“We hope these pay rises will reflect our gratitude for their outstanding work this past year as we look forward to the future”.