Superior Care first to join Living Wage Campaign
We are very proud to announce that Superior Care is the first healthcare provider in Kent to be formally accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
As a Living Wage Employer, we are committed to paying all our staff at least the recommended Living Wage, which is currently set at £7.65 outside London – an hourly rate significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.50.
This announcement is particularly timely, as Living Wage Week is November 2-8; a UK-wide initiative aiming to highlight the importance and benefits of the Living Wage. We will be exhibiting at Fremlin Walk in Maidstone on Thursday and Friday, so please come along for a chat with one of our advisors about the benefits of a career in care.
We’re keen to recruit carers, support workers and registered nurses to work across Kent, and we offer a host of excellent benefits including flexible hours, internal and external training placements, and 28 days paid holiday each year (pro-rata).
Superior Care’s chief executive Stewart Thorp says: “We depend on the compassion, diligence and professionalism of our staff. It is hugely important to us – and our clients – that Superior Care employees feel valued and well rewarded. As we look to expand across Kent and the South East, our Living Wage Employer status will help us attract people who are committed to building a fulfilling career in care.”
Rhys Moore, Living Wage Foundation Director, says: “We are delighted to welcome Superior Care to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.
“We have accredited over 950 leading employers, businesses which recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that.”
About the Living Wage
The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.
An independent study examining the business benefits of implementing a Living Wage policy in London found that more than 80% of employers believe that the Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, while absenteeism had fallen by approximately 25%.
Fifty per cent of employees felt that the Living Wage had made them more willing to implement changes in their working practices; enabled them to require fewer concessions to effect change; and made them more likely to adopt changes more quickly.