Pay rise for social care staff
Agreement between Scottish Government and COSLA.
Social care staff are to receive an immediate 3.3% pay increase, backdated from 1 April. The move, agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA, means staff will not need to wait for the pay to be backdated at a point later in the year following negotiations, as has happened in previous years.
The pay rise applies to all care staff across all sectors. The pay rise has been agreed by COSLA on the basis that Health and Social Care Partnerships will increase contract values accordingly.
It is part of a package of measures to support social care workers in recognition of the vital role they are playing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Social care support workers providing direct adult support will have their pay increased to at least the Real Living Wage rate of £9.30 an hour for all hours worked, including sleep-overs and hours worked by personal assistants.
The Scottish Government will also provide funding to third sector and independent providers specifically to ensure staff receive sick pay if they are off work ill or because they are self-isolating.
In addition, the government said that the agreed funding increase to these providers will give them the financial flexibility to increase wages across their organisations and not just to frontline staff.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “Scotland’s dedicated social care workers are on the frontline of our national pandemic response. Their work is always hugely valued – and never more so than now.
“The measures we are announcing in partnership with COSLA today will ensure all people providing adult social care receive the Real Living Wage for every hour worked with immediate effect, rather than having to wait until later in the year.
“As well as providing an uplift in pay for all social care workers, this package ensures social care providers have both flexibility to increase wages across their organisations and the necessary funding for sick pay if their employees are off ill or are self-isolating.”
Councillor Stuart Currie, COSLA spokesperson for Health and Social Care, said: “Local government recognise and value the vital contribution of Scotland’s social care workforce and have made great efforts together to achieve an agreement that confirms the Living Wage as well as supporting providers where they are experiencing additional cost associated with COVID-19. The announcement reflects the key worker status of social care support staff and confirms support for those off sick or self-isolating.”
A joint letter from Ms Freeman and Councillor Currie was issued to all local authorities setting out details of the package. This follows their previous letter to local authorities and integrated joint boards to confirm the key worker status of social care workers, and their access to childcare and support where required.
Since October 2016, the Scottish Government has provided funding to enable adult social care workers to be paid the Real Living Wage for waking hours. During 2018/19, this commitment was extended to include those undertaking overnight social care support. The commitment covers adult social care workers providing direct care and support to adults in care homes, care at home, day care and housing support.