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Increasing wages by 50p will boost care recruitment by up to 7.5pc, researchers claim

Increasing the Scottish carer wage floor by 50p per hour to would lead to a rise in employment in adult social care of between 5.4 and 7.5 per cent, Scottish Government researchers predict. This demands a pay rate of £12.50 per hour.

New research also notes that employers could look forward to rise in employment rates of between 8.4 and 11.2 per cent, if the wage floor for adult social carers rose to £13 per hour. 

Since April 2024, the wage floor for social care staff in Scotland is £12.  

However, the researchers warn that non-ASC employers that compete for the same workforce (e.g., hospitality and retail establishments), could respond to the new ASC minimum wage floor by increasing their wages, diluting the effect of the wage increase.

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