Berkeley Home Health Somerset & Wiltshire set to increase Care Assistants’ salaries to 40% above NLW


Berkeley Home Health Somerset & Wiltshire set to increase Care Assistants’ salaries to 40% above the National Living Wage to service increased local demand.

Berkeley Home Health Somerset and Wiltshire Branch have experienced an increased demand for high quality home care in the local area and are set to increase all their care assistants’ salaries to a minimum of £15 per hour. The company is also starting a recruitment campaign which will see them hire between 30 and 60 carers over the next 6 months.

Andrew Needham, CEO Berkeley Home Health, commented: ‘Our Care Assistant hourly pay in the area is 40% more than the planned minimum wage of £10.42 per hour from April 2023. We want people who might have thought their future was in retail, the service industry or even leisure see that social care offers good pay and opportunities. We firmly believe that satisfied carer colleagues means stability and even better care for our clients.’

Berkeley Home Health are an in-home visiting care company supporting elderly and vulnerable adults across the UK with their care needs. Due to planned strategic growth and increasing demand for visiting in-home care services in and around their Somerset and Wiltshire branch, they are looking to expand their team with 5 – 10 carers a month over the coming 6 months.

The branch currently covers the Frome, Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge areas with expected future growth to extend across the Somerset and Wiltshire counties.

They are looking to recruit both experienced carers, those that are looking to return to care, as well as those wishing to change career paths and retrain to become a carer.

Berkeley Home Health offer comprehensive training to those new to care, supporting them in obtaining their Care Certificate with a programme jointly developed by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health. All carers then follow this up with a period of work shadowing.

The branch is pleased to offer successful candidates a £15ph starting salary. A Full time equivalent of £31,500 per annum, 40% above the increased national minimum wage coming into effect from next month (April 2023).

Andrew Needham, CEO, Berkeley Home Health said on the opportunities available, ‘We are excited to be able to offer the opportunity for local experienced carers or those wishing to retrain to join our team.’

‘We value our carers and believe the investment in our carers is important to attract great people who want to join us in providing outstanding care to our clients and stay with us.’

‘Every carer is an individual just like our clients, some have ambitions to develop their career working towards management level and others are looking for a care role that fits in with their family and lifestyle, we have the capacity to be able to support both. We are committed to delivering a best-in-class care service to our clients and that for us means investing and valuing our carers.’ Abigail, Business Manager for the Somerset, and Wiltshire Branch is excited to welcome new carers to the team saying, ‘the job satisfaction of being a carer is hugely rewarding and we have a great supportive and fun team environment here too. It’s a flexible role if you want to fit it around a second job, studying or a fulltime job that just fits in with your lifestyle.

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