Enhanced supported living provider Northern Healthcare has given its more than 250 workers employees a pay rise that surpasses the real living wage as of 1 March (today).
The increase will see full-time mental health support workers earn an additional £2,000 each year, which is an 11% increase on average, while team leader roles within the organisation will also rise to £11.00 per hour.
All frontline employees will receive a minimum hourly rate of £10.00 per hour regardless of age, which is a higher than the national minimum wage and the real living wage figures. The former is set to increase to £9.50 an hour for those aged 23 and above next month, and the latter has recently risen to £9.90 an hour outside London and £11.05 an hour in the capital.
Managing director Ashley Mancey-Johnson commented that the executive team are “extremely proud” of the “hard work, dedication, and sacrifice” all members of staff show to provide support to residents each day.
He explained that he is “delighted” to have the support from shareholders to recognise the workers’ commitment to their roles financially and offer uplifts to hourly rates of pay.
“We recognise that our team members are at the heart of everything we do and appreciate the contribution of all employees. The roles our frontline team members undertake are not easy, especially with the challenges the last two years have presented and we are honoured to have such a highly skilled and devoted team,” Mancey-Johnson said.
HR director Anthea Gribbin added that as all team members provide “outstanding care and support” to some of the most vulnerable people in society, the want to acknowledge their commitment to our residents, to each other and to living by our company values.
“This is an important step in our people strategy as we work together to deliver our vision for the future of Northern Healthcare. We are committed to supporting our employees in various ways including through wages that meet the everyday needs of individuals and their families,” she said.