Living wage accreditation benefits both clients and carers

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Pictured: Sam Adie, Director of Radfield Home Care Derby, Ashbourne & South Derbyshire and Bryan Allen, Registered Care Manager.

Radfield Home Care Derby, Ashbourne & South Derbyshire has become an accredited Living Wage Employer, seeing all employees receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.30, significantly higher than the government minimum wage for over 25s, which currently stands at £8.72 per hour. For those who are unsure what their minimum wage should be, employees are able to use the UK Government minimum wage calculator to determine this.

Radfield Home care provides specialist care at home and home care support services to older people in the Derbyshire communities and recognises the impact its employees’ wellbeing has on the care services provided to its clients. Radfield has always been proud to support its care professionals with employee recognition schemes, a supportive work environment, and high wages - collectively referred to as Radfield’s ‘Caring for Carers Pledge’, with the recent Living Wage accreditation underpinning these core values as an employer.

Radfield Home Care is based in Derby, in the East Midlands, a region with one of the highest proportions of non-Living Wage jobs in the country (22%), with over 405,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this, Radfield 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 230,000 people in the UK and put over £1 billion extra into the pockets of low paid workers.

Sam Adie, owner and director of Radfield Home Care Derby, Ashbourne and South Derbyshire explains, “We are delighted to receive this valuable accreditation as it reinforces our commitment to care for our carers, and ensures that our clients know that their care professionals are also being well looked after.”

Katherine Chapman, Director, Living Wage Foundation adds, “We’re delighted that Radfield Home Care Derby has joined the movement of over 6,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily commit to go further than the UK government minimum to make sure all their staff earn enough to live on.”

“They join thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Burberry, Barclays, Chelsea and Everton Football Clubs, Lush, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer and they, like Radfield, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."

Being a Living Wage Accredited Employer clearly benefits both clients and carers, with Radfield ensuring that care professionals stay the full amount of time with clients and that their travel time is not taken out of visit times.

If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and the care support services offered, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or contact the branch directly on derby@radfieldhomecare.co.uk or 01332 498 032


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