- A recent survey of 8,000 nursing and residential homes found that even at£3.50, 50% (19,500) of employees would be better off out of a total of 39,116.
- 64% of care assistants, the largest body of employees represented in the survey, would be better off with a minimum wage of only£3.50, this rises to over 90% when set at£4.62 the rate preferred by UNISON.
- Pay was recorded by job title. The minimum rate of pay recorded was£1.53 for a domestic assistant; the average minimum pay rate for the whole survey was£3.28.
- Again, employers almost entirely relied upon the taxpayer to cover any maternity leave, only 6% of employers offered their employees maternity pay above the Statutory Minimum.
- The survey revealed that 34.77% of employers did not pay overtime and 13.46% only paid overtime at bank holidays. Overtime rates were paid at as little as 10p per hour.
- Only 6.29% of employers offered manual grades a pension scheme, 7.71% of administrative grades and 12.43% of managerial.
The Survey: Just over 8,000 nursing and residential homes across the UK were surveyed in February 1998, 1,271 replies were received. The survey covered some 39,116 employees, of which 35,389, over 90% were female.
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