News Release No 61/21
23rd November 2021
Not-for-profit care provider Services for Independent Living (SIL), has given their 130 staff a 10% pay increase starting in December. This unprecedented move has been taken to reward their employees for their hard work and commitment and to help increase the recruitment of new staff.
Euan McPherson, Chief Executive said: ‘We are seeking to expand and having just won a new contract for homecare provision in Herefordshire we are keen to recruit new staff.’
He went on to say, ‘Our aim is for SIL to continue as an employer of choice in this sector locally and we have worked hard to improve the working environment for staff. This has included offering paid sick leave, maternity pay and free staff training opportunities well above the requirements of the Care Certificate. In line with this ongoing investment in our staff, the decision to significantly increase salaries was the next logical step”
Social care nationally is facing significant staff shortages and many providers are struggling to recruit staff. There are national and local initiatives to help encourage people to work in the sector, including new funding for training, recently announced by the government.
With the 10% increase, SIL becomes one of the market leaders for pay in Herefordshire’s social care sector and hopes that by increasing salaries well above the forthcoming increases in April to the national living wage, that they will attract new people into a rewarding and interesting career. Employees can expect not only a good hourly rate, but receive first class training and perks, while working in an organisation that values its staff and provides excellent terms and conditions.