A local charity, Services for Independent Living (SIL), has given its staff an 8% pay increase this April, meaning that in just over two years employees have seen their pay increase by 18%.
At a time when social care is in crisis across the UK and good staff are difficult to recruit, SIL’s Board has remained constant in ensuring its staff receive an above average salary for the work they do to recognise the commitment they show in supporting older people and people with complex needs.
SIL’s Chief Executive, Euan McPherson said: “I think having delivered 18% pay increase over 28 months in the current climate shows SIL’s commitment to its staff. We are proud to have been awarded the 2022 Hereford Times Health and Social care Award for The Best Place to Work and we will continue to do what we can to make SIL an employer of choice for staff in this sector”.
It has been increasingly difficult over the past few years to recruit and retain staff within the care industry as increases in household expenditure and rising inflation has meant people are looking outside the sector to higher paid jobs.
SIL has remained largely unaffected by this situation, thanks to its generous in-work benefits, good rates of pay and supportive work environment. Working in Social care is both fulfilling and rewarding but can be both demanding and challenging. SIL is ensuring its staff are not only in the county’s best place to work in social care, but that they are also rewarded financially for their compassion and dedication.