Living Wage in Social Care Toolkit

With almost three-quarters of care workers in England earning below the real Living Wage, the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for care workers to be paid a real Living Wage.

The commitment of social care providers and local authorities commissioning care to the Living Wage accreditation has resulted in over 7,000 pay rises in social care during the pandemic. There have been more pay rises in social care during the pandemic alone than over the last 10 years in total. So far, the real Living Wage in adult social care has put over £36 million back into the pockets of care workers.

The toolkit has drawn evidence from Middlesex University Business School’s research report: ‘Living Wage Implementation in Adult Social Care: challenges, solutions and benefits’. The research report written by Dr Andrea Werner is based on interviews with care providers and local authorities commissioning care, as well as care workers. The report highlights challenges, solutions and benefits of implementing the real Living Wage in social care and makes recommendations for care providers, local authorities and decision makers.

If you have any questions about implementing the Living Wage in social care, please do get in touch accreditation@livingwage.org.uk.