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Des Kelly OBE argues that pay for care workers is one of the most important issues facing social care … and one of the most controversial How many care providers pay the living wage? Is there a business case for paying the living wage? How much would paying the living…
From 1 April this year, NHS staff in Scotland are to benefit from an independently recommended pay rise, after the Scottish Government accepted recommendations from the NHS Pay Review Body and Doctors’ and Dentists’ Pay Review Body (DDRB). NHS staff in Scotland will receive, for the second year in a…
Social care in the UK will reach "crisis point" if nothing is done to improve pay and conditions for workers, a new report has warned. A study by the Resolution Foundation think tank found that two-thirds of care jobs paid below the living wage last year, with no chance of…
Outsourcing public services leads to staff working longer hours for less pay and worse contracts, according to a new study. The TUC said that workers in privatised services are more likely to put in longer hours, receive lower wages and be on insecure or temporary contracts. Research into outsourcing in…
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry is considering a package of measures aimed at protecting vulnerable workers who work on zero hours contracts. Officials from the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) briefed the DEL Committee this week on progress to date and potential measures relating to zero hours…
Spiralling childcare costs mean that for many families "it simply does not pay to work", a major report has warned. It suggests that despite heavy Government spending, childcare prices have continued to soar in recent years. The cost of sending a toddler to nursery part-time has risen by around a…
New research released from Glassdoor, a jobs and careers community, reveals that discussing salary is still a taboo in the workplace, as just 35 percent of employees know what their colleagues earn. Of those that know, more than a third (38 percent) said that it was because their colleagues are…
Midwives will be "disgusted" with a pay offer for health staff in Northern Ireland, it has been warned. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said the devolved government had made a "miserly" offer to NHS staff in the long-running row over pay. The threat of a strike in England last…
Around 160,000 care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage, each losing out on an average of £815 a year, a new study has revealed. Research by the Resolution Foundation suggested that the amount of under-payment was worth £130 million a year. The think tank said the…
A campaign is being launched to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work nursing staff are putting in every week. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said nurses were "propping up" the NHS as it goes through one of the most challenging times in its history. Nurses and healthcare assistants…
A strike by health workers in Northern Ireland is set to go ahead despite a proposed pay deal drawn up after lengthy talks between unions and the Government in Westminster. A walkout planned by NHS staff in England was suspended so union members could be consulted on a new offer.…
Barnet Council care workers protesting against job cuts and a reducation in hours are to strike this week (22nd and 23rd January) and later at the House of Commons on 28th January. The strike action follows the transfer of the councils Learning Disability and Physical and Sensory Impairment services to…

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