Orchard Care Homes, a leading provider of specialist residential, dementia, nursing and short-term respite care in the UK, has announced that it will pay all its care staff under the age of 25 at least £8.21 per hour, which, depending on the age of the employee is between 51p and close to £4.00 per hour more than the government set National Living Wage for young people.
Going head-to-head with other care providers, Orchard believes that the move to increase the hourly rate to the National Living Wage currently paid to those over 25s, across all of its homes, will recognise the excellent work all of their staff do across their homes – whatever their age – and encourage them to stay in the care sector.
Hayden Knight, CEO of Orchard Care Homes, said “We believe that all care staff should be paid fairly for the great job they do. By increasing our hourly pay for under 25s, our aim is to encourage more young people to join this rewarding profession. We have also invested in our professional career care pathways, so young people can join us, learn on the job and have opportunities to take on more senior roles.”
Orchard Care Homes provides senior living care in the North of England and the Midlands, offering residential, nursing and respite care, as well as specialist dementia provision in a compassionate and safe environment.