Cornerstone’s commitment means every staff member will receive a minimum of £9.50 per hour, a figure higher than the National Minimum Wage and one that meets the everyday living needs of an individual.
Only 1 per cent of UK employers are accredited with by the Living Wage Foundation. For Cornerstone’s full-time staff this will mean an annual wage increase of up to £1,300.
“Care staff have long deserved recognition in pay and we’re delighted that the rate that we already implemented in December 2020 has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation” said Cornerstone CEO, Johann van Zyl.
Van Zyl added that nurses and carers at the company have received a 15.1 per cent pay rise over the last two years.
The company, which cares for people with challenging behaviours associated with complex neurological and mental health needs, employs over 350 people across its three services – South Africa Lodge and Kitnocks House in Hampshire, and Marula Lodge in Surrey.
Cornerstone is planning to open additional homes in Somerset in 2022 and in Bristol in 2023.