Renewing our accreditation as Living Wage Employer

6th Apr 2023 - Written by Brunelcare

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We are delighted to announce that we have renewed our membership with the Living Wage Foundation, maintaining our status as a Living Wage Employer for 2023.

As an accredited Living Wage Employer we have increased our rates to reflect the update to the real Living Wage for 2023, ensuring all Brunelcare colleagues receive at or above the new rate of £10.90 per hour. This is a £1 per hour increase from the 2022 rate of £9.90.

The new rate is an increase of 10.1%, the largest in the Living Wage Foundation’s history, and an hourly rate of £1.40 above the National Living Wage. As a result of the increase, 443 of our Brunelcare colleagues will be receiving the maximum pay increase of 10.1%.

The increase is calculated each year by the Living Wage Foundation to encourage employers to provide a salary that meets the costs of living rather than the Government minimum. Research from the Living Wage Foundation shows that the difference between the national and real Living Wage could pay for 14 weeks’ worth of food shops, or 11 weeks of housing & energy costs!

We became a real Living Wage Employer in 2022 to ensure our employees’ rates of pay would reflect the vital work they continue to do, particularly in the face of unprecedented challenges, and moved to a minimum hourly rate of £9.90. 

We are committed to remaining a Real Living Wage employer to show our determination to increase the value of pay in the care sector and recognise the importance of what care colleagues do, providing person-centred care, housing and support.

Brian Whittaker, Human Resources and Organisational Development Director, said:I am very proud of the Trustees and senior team at Brunelcare for their determination to retain our commitment to the real Living Wage. 

It has been a real challenge to deliver as we continue to navigate the energy and cost of living crisis. Our colleagues do wonderful work every single day, enabling people to live independently, and we are determined to ensure that they are paid a fair wage in recognition of their truly inspiring compassion and commitment.

Find out more about the real Living Wage