Why We Care: Fair Wages for Employees

Today we have launched our monthly campaign called ‘Why We Care’. This week we are shining a light on caring through ensuring all of our team receive fair pay for their hard work. This is something we passionately believe in, and we pay all of our Care Assistants over £10 per hour.

Our efforts for this have been widely endorsed by Edinburgh City Councillors:

Cllr Kate Campbell, Edinburgh Living Wage City Action Group co-chair and Fair Work Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We must make Edinburgh fairer and more affordable for everyone. By becoming an accredited Living Wage City we have committed to working with employers to significantly increase the number of businesses that pay the real wage. This is more important than ever as we face an unprecedented cost of living crisis.

“So it’s encouraging to have a major Edinburgh-based employer, like Call-in Homecare, take this vital step and commit to its workforce. I hope this will be a catalyst for more in the sector to get accredited, showing the value they place on their staff. The benefit for employers is that they are more likely to retain skilled staff, and attract new ones – something that we know many businesses are finding difficult at the moment. The benefit for us all is a fairer city.”

Cllr Mandy Watt, Fair Work Vice Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The health and social care sector is one of the biggest employers in our city, and a focus for the Edinburgh Living Wage City Action Group. There are many employers in the care sector that already pay the Real Living Wage, but we’re asking that they become officially accredited – demonstrating to their staff a commitment to fair work practices, as well continuing to pay the Real Living Wage in the future, and keeping in line with the annual increases to it.”

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