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Scottish home care staff awarded £1,000 in bonuses

Highland Home Carers

A home care provider based in Inverness is rewarding its frontline workers with bonuses of up to £1,000.

Highland Home Carers (HHC) announced it has been rewarding its staff with a profit share payment and share allocation bonus in recognition of their service over the last 18 months.

HHC managing director Campbell Mair said: “I am pleased to have announced these well-deserved bonuses for everyone that works at HHC as a way of rewarding and thanking our committed, compassionate, and resilient frontline workforce,” he said.

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“It’s a fantastic way of recognising and valuing their dedication and length of service.”

The bonuses come on top of the Scottish Government’s £500 bonus for care workers across the country.

Operating across the Highland region since 1994, HHC currently resides as Scotland’s largest employee-owned organisation.

The company’s employees, who work full time hours of 30 hours per week or more, have received an allocation of more than 1,000 shares with a cash value of around £500. The shares are able to be sold back to the Share Investment Plan (SIP) tax-free in five years ’time.

HHC said that in the past two years, its employees have benefitted from shares being sold back to the SIP, to the value of more than £70,000.

The company is also paying a £500 profit share payment to those who have been with the company since 1 July 2020.

Payments are calculated based on average working patterns using 30 hours per week as a full-time equivalent cap, which the organisation said is designed to bring the greatest advantage to the greatest number of people. The overall level of investment in these two areas will be nearly £300,000.

Mair added: “It’s a fantastic way of recognising and valuing their dedication and length of service. This year, with £500 share value, £500 profit share, and the government’s £500 thank-you to mark the extraordinary service and support offered during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have more than ever been able to demonstrate our unswerving commitment to our employee ownership, and to valuing our workforce so highly.”

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