Longtime Living Wage employer Kingsway Care goes above and beyond the commitment to paying employees a Real Living Wage. The independent home care provider handpicks its CareGivers to provide excellent care to clients. In return, Kingsway Care founder Olly Carter says CareGivers “should receive a decent Living Wage and many other perks for their financial and emotional wellbeing.”
Kingsway’s commitment to both its employees and clients stems from Carter’s experience as a primary carer. Currently, Kingsway Care employs more than 40 people and signed up to the Brighton & Hove Living Wage Campaign “from day one.”
Olly Carter says that being a Living Wage employer has helped Kingsway Care attract and retain talented staff. “We recognised that to attract the right people to the Care sector we needed to offer competitive rates of pay that were above the minimum national wage. It was also the ethical thing to do and fits with the ethos of the company.”
Beyond paying above a Living Wage, Kingsway Care offers a variety of benefits to its staff, including flexible work hours, career mentoring, and a company pension scheme. Most recently, Kingsway Care announced a first of its kind in the care-industry, an Employee Share Scheme, which gives all employees direct stake in the company.
The choices Kingsway Care makes to prioritize its employees reflect how necessary carers are in the Sussex community. “We rely on them to take care of elderly and disabled Clients and believe they should be rewarded for the important work they do.”
“Because we look after our CareGivers financial and emotional well-being we know that they will be able to provide outstanding care with a smile for the benefit of all Kingsway Care Clients. We fully support the Living Wage Campaign and would encourage other employers to sign up and show they care too.”