Committed to Care
ENABLE Scotland unveils a new Committed to Care package to staff including increasing pay for 2,000-strong frontline workforce.
- New pay rate of £10.40 per hour from 1 December 2021
- The increase is 50p per hour beyond the new real Living Wage rate of £9.90 per hour
- Committed to Care includes a range of measures designed to recognise the commitment of social care staff employed by the charity
- Total £2.5 million investment in improved remuneration package for staff
ENABLE Scotland has announced an increase its basic rate of pay to £10.40 per hour for its 2,000-strong frontline workforce from 1 December, going beyond the Scottish Government-funded pay increase to £10.02.
The pay rise means that the basic contracted rate of pay for ENABLE Scotland’s frontline care and support workforce will have increased by 90p per hour from September 2021, equivalent to more than £1,800 per year for a full-time Personal Assistant, or £150 per month.
The charity’s action will further support its own workforce in what has been a traditionally low-paid sector, the majority of whom are women, and goes beyond the rate at which providers are funded to deliver social care.
The announcement is on the back of news that ENABLE Scotland was the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award at the 2021 Living Wage Scotland awards in November. The award recognised and commended ENABLE Scotland for its leadership and campaigning in the drive for fair pay for all social care workers in Scotland; demonstrating the importance of the living wage, as well as speaking out about the wider economic benefits of good pay and conditions for all social care staff.
ENABLE Scotland’s Committed to Care package will introduce further interventions to attract and retain staff within the profession including:
- continuing with its ‘Reward to Retain’ demonstration initiative, with an enhanced rate of £11 per hour in areas where social care recruitment and retention has been traditionally challenging, following on the evidence of the positive impact enhanced pay has had in those services;
- an enhanced ’Refer a Friend’ scheme which rewards staff with a £1000 payment when they refer someone to join ENABLE in a frontline care role;
- a new qualification payment to recognise new talent joining the organisation who have already achieved their SVQ qualification, demonstrating they are committed to care.
The incentives align with the charity’s priority and commitment to appropriately remunerate frontline workers, attract new staff into the profession, and to ensure the wellbeing of its workforce is enhanced while delivering excellent human rights-driven self-directed care and support.
The approach has been independently evaluated by research conducted by the University of Strathclyde into the impact of an enhanced rate of pay on key elements of recruiting, retaining and developing staff within the social care sector. A full report is due to be published in early 2022.