Domiciliary care workers contracted to Devon County Council are set to receive a pay rise.
Devon County Council’s Pandemic response management team has escalated a decision to increase the amounts it pays to care providers, in order to raise the pay of home care workers.
Many domiciliary care workers currently receive the national minimum wage at £8.72 per hour, but care workers’ salaries – those working under contract to the Council – will be raised to a minimum of £10 per hour.
Devon County Council said the “significant” pay rise is to better reward the workforce, but it’s also “essential for the care sector” to recruit more staff, in response to COVID-19.
The increase in rates to care providers comes into immediate effect, with the condition that they pass on the pay rise to their care workers as quickly as possible, and backdate the pay rise to now.
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, the Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for adult social care and health, said: “Right now, it’s vital that we do everything we can to support the care sector.
“This is not just about rewarding care workers for the tremendous work that they are doing, under enormously challenging circumstances. It’s to boost recruitment to the sector to help care providers to be resilient to staff pressures while they continue to meet the growing demand for care, and retain recruits currently entering the social care workforce once this national emergency has passed.”