Salary survey highlights variations between nursing and residential care

An annual salary survey within the care home industry has shown some big variations in pay between managers and deputy managers in nursing homes compared to residential homes.

The survey by Hunter Human Capital, a leading supplier of professional headhunting services to care homes, shows the factors having the most bearing on salaries are the number of beds and the care provision offered within the home.

Nursing home manager salaries varied from £35,500 for managers of homes with 20 to 30 beds to over £50,000 for managers of homes with over a hundred beds. Deputy manager salaries varied from £27,000 in homes with 20 to 30 beds to over £36,000 in homes with over 100 beds.

Residential home manager salaries ranged from £29,000 for managers of homes with 20 to 30 beds to more than £41,000 for managers of homes with 60 to 70 beds. Deputy manager salaries varied between £26,500 in homes with 20 to 30 beds to more than £29,000 in homes with 60 to 70 beds.

The survey is a systematic analysis of conversations with around 8,400 managers and deputy managers. Salary data is collated by size of home and segregated into nursing and residential care. It also includes benefits, holiday entitlements and key reasons for changing jobs.

Since early 2013 Hunter Human Capital say they have seen a growing number of clients seeking to recruit managerial staff who are not only clinically competent but also commercially astute as the demands placed on both managers and deputy managers to handle budgets and administrative duties within the home continue to grow.

The survey lists seven factors which managers and deputy managers consider when changing jobs. Location and remuneration are high on the list. Other factors include job security, opportunity for career development, reputation of employer and flexibility of working hours. Deputy managers place great emphasis on opportunities for career development.

The full survey can be downloaded at


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