‘Worrying’ rise in people being paid below minimum wage – including carers, Tories?

Only a day after I reported on the way Tories are trying to penalise people on Carers Allowance who are being paid only a fraction of what their job deserves… this:

A “worrying” number of workers are being paid less than the minimum wage despite government efforts to name and shame offending employers.

A new study by the Low Pay Commission found that 439,000 people in the UK were paid less than the legal minimum in April 2018 – up 30,000 on the year before.

Women were still more likely to be paid below minimum wage, which stands at £8.21 for workers aged 25 and over and £7.71 for those between 21 and 24.

Childcare had the highest rate of underpaid workers, followed by hospitality, retail and cleaning.

Is it any wonder employers are scorning the minimum wage – especially those specialising in child care?

They’re just following the Conservative government’s own treatment of carers.

Source: ‘Worrying’ rise in number of people being paid below minimum wage, study finds | The Independent


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3 thoughts on “‘Worrying’ rise in people being paid below minimum wage – including carers, Tories?

  1. Mathilde

    This is a deep concern of mine. I am alone, I’ll with severe chronic illnesses, and dependent upon the social workers, their contracted care companies, the local council provisions and responsibility for the quality of care and the appropriate management of all of the above. Government money unfailingly gets cut, and when they inject more into the system to appease those who demand their accountability, it goes directly to the top of private care companies for their own profits and salaries. I have been with three care companies contracted by the council. All were the same, formerly good companies who now treat carers with disrespect, bullying, harrassing, demanding and driving them to leave the work they do well and have dedicated themselves to. Managers earn more, owners earn more, and carers are unable to have any quality of life. Social workers seem to have qoutas and all be on a mission to make as many heartless cuts of carer visits as possible, leaving the most vulnerable sitting in chairs or lying in beds, unattended for hours and hours, carers left to do an hour’s work and personal care n 15 minutes. People are severely at risk of harm. They are deteriorating and have nobody monitoring their conditions. I am appalled at the levels of callousness and corruption I see in social care and management of these companies, so far from following CQC guidelines that it is a travesty. The good carers are quitting in record numbers and being replaced by anyone who walks in the door, poorly trained and uninterested in actually doing the job. The managers and social workers continue to exploit and cover for their own negligence. People talk. Good carers talk, but are afraid to be whistleblowers. I live in a very wealthy part of the country. It is a disgrace how vulnerable people are being treated.

  2. nmac064

    This has always been the Tory aim – and they haven’t finished their dirty work yet. Hopefully they will be ousted before they can.

  3. kateuk

    The carers who helped my mother were only paid for the time spent atually at people’s homes, no allowance for travel between clients who may have been some distance from each other

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