ENABLE Scotland unveils a new Committed to Care package to staff including increasing pay for 2,000-strong frontline workforce

One of the country’s largest social care charities, ENABLE Scotland, has announced an increase in 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.


Theresa Shearer, ENABLE Group CEO, said:

In the Autumn of this year, we announced plans to raise basic frontline pay beyond the real living wage to £10 per hour from 1st October 2021. Shortly after our intervention, the Scottish Government announced it would fund frontline social care pay at £10.02 per hour from 1st December which we warmly welcomed at the time.

This gave us the opportunity to look at our own financial modelling to develop an enhanced proposal beyond that, and I am pleased to announce that ENABLE Scotland, a charity that has campaigned and influenced for better pay for all 148,000 frontline social care workers across Scotland, is increasing pay for our frontline workers within a wider Committed to Care package.


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 £500 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.


Theresa Shearer added:

It has always been ENABLE Scotland’s view that the living wage was the floor and not the ceiling for frontline social care pay, and we will continue to campaign for an overall package of terms and conditions for a highly-skilled, professional workforce which truly reflects the value of their critical contribution to our society.

In the meantime, as a not-for-profit care provider, in partnership with our recognised trade union, we are resolutely committed to investing in our frontline staff teams universally, and demonstrating the impact of going even further in areas where the sector experiences recruitment challenges, or where it is imperative to retain high quality staff teams around an individual.


John Mooney, UNISON Scotland Head of Social Care, said:

UNISON, in concert with ENABLE Scotland, has campaigned for better terms and conditions for the social care workforce over the years and we have reached agreements in the past which have benefitted our members and which are beyond the level set for the Scottish Living Wage. It is clear that the Scottish Living Wage is not retaining staff within the sector, and the offer of £10.40 is an example of ENABLE Scotland’s commitment to moving beyond Scottish Government minimum requirements.

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