The majority of adults in England overwhelmingly believe care workers are undervalued (81%) and should be paid better (80%), according to new research.
The online poll carried out by the National Care Forum – the voice of not-for-profit social care providers – also finds that three quarters (74%) believe care staff do a ‘brilliant job’.
The findings have been released to mark Professional Care Workers’ Week, which starts today (September 1) and acknowledges the work that care workers do, largely unrecognised and unrewarded.
National Care Forum’s ‘Here to Care’ campaign shines a light on the work being done in care settings, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
Vic Rayner, executive director at National Care Forum, said she is pleased to see that care workers are finally being recognised for their contribution to society, but they must now be rewarded for their hard work by the government.
“Care workers have been the stalwarts of the Covid-19 front line. 24 hours a day, seven days a week our professional care staff have continued to provide care under the most challenging of circumstance. They have done this with compassion, providing a lifeline for the most vulnerable across all our communities,” she added.
“It feels very timely to have a week dedicated to recognising the efforts of care workers and acknowledging the extraordinary work they do. Together we have clapped for our NHS, and our carers have been included in that outpouring of public gratitude. It’s great to see society recognise them for their invaluable contribution – it’s time that Government does too, and that they are rewarded adequately.”
Karolina Gerlich, executive director at The Care Workers’ Charity, the organisation behind Professional Care Workers Week, said: “Professional Care Workers Week is an opportunity to demonstrate the best that social care has to offer. Care and support workers have a challenging and rewarding job that is different every day and over the past months care workers have shown how exceptional they are.
“During a period of global uncertainty, the most vulnerable members of our society have been cared for in care settings, supported living facilities and in their own homes, by care staff. They have overcome the challenges of the pandemic with integrity and resilience.”