Borough Care has become the country’s largest residential care provider to receive Real Living Wage Foundation accreditation. This means every employee will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50, compared to the government minimum wage which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.
The care provider, which has 12 residential homes in Stockport and Leek and employs over 600 members of staff, is one of only a handful of North West firms to have achieved the accreditation, with a fifth of jobs in the region paying less than the real living wage.
The real living wage is the only rate calculated according to the costs of living. Laura Gardiner, director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “Borough Care has joined over 7,000 responsible employers across the UK [who] … believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”
- Earlier this month, HC-One announced a pay increase of at least 3 per cent, implementing a minimum hourly rate of £9. This investment is financed by a cash injection from current owners, Safanad and Court Cavendish, in addition to a £540 million refinancing deal with investment company Welltower.