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NI’s only Health and Social Care Employer Celebrates Two Years of Commitment to Living Wage Foundation

Optimum Care

Optimum Care is proud to celebrate its two-year anniversary as a Living Wage Employer, reaffirming its position as Northern Ireland’s leading health and social care organisation committed to the Living Wage Foundation. 

This milestone ensures that everyone working at Optimum Care continues to receive a minimum hourly wage of £12 per hour, with most staff receiving an hourly rate more than this.

Optimum Care’s commitment stands out in Northern Ireland, a region with the highest proportion of non-Living Wage jobs in the UK (21.3%), with over 236,000 jobs paying less than the real Living Wage. Despite this challenging landscape, Optimum Care remains dedicated to providing a fair day’s pay for a caring day at work by adhering to the real Living Wage.  Optimum Care is one 96 employers in Northern Ireland and the only health and social care employer committed to the Living Wage Foundation.

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to the cost of living, offering a voluntary benchmark for employers who wish to ensure their staff earn a wage they can live on, not just the government minimum. Since 2011, the Living Wage movement has delivered a pay rise to over 300,000 people and put over £1.6 billion extra into the pockets of low-paid workers.

JP Watson, Group Managing Director of Optimum Care, stated, “We are thrilled to celebrate two years as a Living Wage employer. We firmly believe in the importance and value of the care and kindness delivered every day by our social care workforce. Rewarding our staff with remuneration levels in excess of the Living Wage goes a long way in properly acknowledging the tremendous work they do.”

Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, added, “We’re delighted that Optimum Care has sustained its commitment as part of the movement of almost 14,000 responsible employers across the UK who voluntarily go beyond the government minimum to ensure all their staff earn enough to live on.”

“Optimum Care joins thousands of small businesses, as well as household names such as Ulster Bank, IKEA, Santander, and many more. These businesses recognise that paying the real Living Wage is the mark of a responsible employer, and they, like Optimum Care, believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”

Optimum Care remains dedicated to setting the standard in Northern Ireland’s health and social care sector, ensuring that fair pay and employee well-being are at the heart of its operations.

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