Living Wage Week: Why Home Instead Brighton pay it

Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham are delighted to be a Real Living Wage employer. As reported by The Living Wage Foundation, a full-time worker paid the Living Wage will receive more than £2,000 in additional wages compared to the current Government minimum – equivalent to nine months of a typical family’s food and drink bill. 

What difference is there between the ‘Real Living Wage’ and the ‘National Living Wage’?

The real living wage (£9.30 across UK and £10.75 in London) is the UK wage rate which is voluntarily paid by employers who believe their staff deserve more than the national living wage (£8.72). Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham are one of over 6,500 businesses across the UK who pay their employees above the real living wage. This allows people to afford more of what they need to live more comfortably. 

Home Instead specialises in providing quality care for older people to stay independent at home with dignity and certainty. Our care – including Companionship, Home Help, Personal Care and Dementia Care – is the kind we would want for our own loved ones! Our ethos is simple – treat others as we would wish to be treated ourselves. 

Liz Brackley, Director of Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham, tells us why she pays the real living wage, the importance of rewarding out key workers and how it has affected her business:

 Why do you pay the ‘Real Living Wage’?

“It’s important to ensure we are rewarding people for the extremely important job they are doing as CAREGivers. Our key workers look after and support elderly members of the community. I have always been happy to pay above the National Living Wage and intend to always do so.”

What has paying the Real Living Wage done for your business?

“The real living wage has provided a useful benchmark to ensure we are treating people as fairly as possible. We like to stay updated with what the real living wage is so we can continue to pay our employees what they deserve.”

Do you think a better wage produces a higher quality of work?

“No - I think it’s important to pay people fairly and reward people appropriately for their efforts. I hope to be able to pay my employees more, but recognise the best CAREgivers are ones who are not motivated by money but by the job in hand… doing something they enjoy, which makes them feel good about making a real difference to someone else.”

Do you think National Living Wage should be increased to the Real Living Wage? 

“The economic pressures of different areas vary in the nation significantly so I can only comment on the demands of my local area. I’m pleased to support the real living wage initiative and am proud to be one of Brighton and Hove’s real living wage employers.  We also support the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign”

To get in touch with Liz at Home Instead Brighton, Hove and Shoreham, or with our Recruitment Manager Mine if you are interested in being a CAREGiver, please call 01273 284090 or visit this website page to see our available vacancies.