Above average pay rises for care staff

Care staff in the private and not-for-profit sectors received bigger pay increases last year than the national average, a new report claims.

The biggest gains came in the private sector, where the median rate for unqualified care assistants rose by 6.5 per cent, according to the employment research organisation IDS.

Staff qualified to NVQ level two working in the not-for-profit sector had a 6 per cent rise in their median wage, says the report.

It also finds that not-for-profit care providers paid staff 10 to 13 per cent more than those in the private sector.

But the median of the lowest rates of pay for permanent adult employees, of £5.40 an hour, was only 35p above the national minimum wage.

This week the government said the national minimum wage for adults will rise to £5.35 an hour from October.

  • Pay and Conditions in Housing and Social Care 2006 costs £225 and is available from www.incomesdata.co.uk
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