Weymouth care provider, Friary Care, is to pay all colleagues the Real Living Wage or higher from April.
Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working within the two Weymouth residential care homes receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.90 for care assistants, significantly higher than the government minimum for over 23s, which currently stands at £9.50 per hour.
Care assistants with certification (currently standing at 80% of Friary Care staff) will receive a minimum wage of £10.50.
The new Real Living Wage rate of £9.90 was announced in November 2021 by the Living Wage Foundation – for implementation in April 2022. According to the latest .GOV statistics there are 20% of jobs that pay less than the Living Wage in the West Dorset area. Despite this, Friary Care has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. 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. Since 2011 the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.
Peter Fry, Managing Director – “I have been overwhelmed by the amazing commitment of the Friary Care team throughout the last two years and working through the unprecedented situation that the Coronavirus pandemic brought us. They have gone above and beyond in every way, taking on multiple and varied roles that would never have been normally expected of them.”
“Whilst working through the pandemic they have shown genuine kindness to our residents in ensuring they had regular contact with their family members when we were unable to have visitors, and continually maintain our ethos of putting residents first.”
“I want to say a huge thank you to each and every member of our Friary Care team.”