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Borough Care receives real living wage accreditation

Specialist care provider Borough Care has become the country’s largest residential care provider to receive a real living wage accreditation from the Real Living Wage Foundation,.

Employees of the not-for-profit organisation receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.50, compared to the government minimum wage which currently stands at £8.91 per hour.

Borough Care has 12 residential homes in Stockport and Leek and employs over 600 members of staff, is one of only a handful of North West firms to have achieved the accreditation, with nearly a quarter of all jobs in the region (20%) paying less than the real living wage – around 584,000 jobs

According to Skills for Care’s annual report on the state of the adult social care workforce, care worker pay has fallen behind that of retail staff and cleaners over the past eight years. The real living wage will see Borough Care paying its staff significantly more than the industry average hourly wage for care workers, at £8.50.

Dr Mark Ward, CEO at Borough Care, said: “Everyone at Borough Care has worked towards this goal over several years: to give our whole team a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work. I have personally never been prouder of any achievement in my career.

“Social care is widely undervalued and knowingly under-resourced by government at every level. It doesn’t have to be that way and I’m truly thrilled that we can play our small part in changing that narrative to give our staff a well-deserved fair wage.”

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