HC-One to top up carers’ pay

UK’s biggest care home chain HC-One has invested £17 million in a new pay and reward scheme to ensure its staff earns above the real living wage (RLW).

From early 2022, HC-One carers with two years’ experience will be paid above the RLW rate of £9.90. Final rates will be set in consultation with the GMB, the recognised union for HC-One’s care colleagues.

New members of staff without previous experience will receive a pay increase after they have worked for HC-One for six months, the company says adding that the pay scales will take into account different regional costs of living, being divided into three zones across the UK (London, Scotland and the South East, and the rest of the UK).

James Tugendhat, chief executive of HC-One, said: “Our new pay and reward offer is designed to help us to attract and retain the very best people to provide high quality, kind care to our residents and to help us achieve our mission to be the first choice for families, colleagues and commissioners in the communities we serve.

“We are grateful to have the financial support of long-term owners who continue to recognise that tackling the sector-wide workforce challenges is a priority, and who have enabled us over the past six years to invest in our HC-One colleagues.”

He added: “We look forward to continuing to work closely with commissioners and our local authority partners to further recruitment and retention initiatives, building on the welcomed support of the government including the £162.5 million Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund in England.”

Date published: December 13, 2021

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