Berkeley Home Health begins recruitment drive with pay uplift

Andrew Needham

Berkeley Home Health is increasing care assistant pay in Somerset and Wiltshire to a minimum of £15 per hour, as it looks to meet increased local demand for services.

The company is also starting a recruitment campaign that will aim to hire between 30 and 60 carers over the next six months.

‘Our care assistant hourly pay in the area is 40% more than the planned minimum wage of £10.42 per hour from April 2023,’ said Andrew Needham, Berkeley Home Health chief executive. ‘We want people who might have thought their future was in retail, the service industry or even leisure see that social care offers good pay and opportunities. We firmly believe that satisfied carer colleagues means stability and even better care for our clients.’

The Somerset and Wiltshire branch is one of seven, and covers Frome, Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon and Trowbridge, with growth expected across both counties.

The pay rise will mean a full-time equivalent salary of £31,500 per annum.

Needham added: ‘Every carer is an individual just like our clients, some have ambitions to develop their career working towards management level and others are looking for a care role that fits in with their family and lifestyle, we have the capacity to be able to support both. We are committed to delivering a best-in-class care service to our clients and that for us means investing and valuing our carers.’

Berkeley is a homecare company supporting older and vulnerable adults across the UK with their care needs. In September 2021, it was acquired by Trinity Homecare, which is backed by Limerston Capital.