At Silver Birch Care, we are passionate about ensuring all of our employees receive a fair days pay for a fair days work, which is why we were the first 16+ semi-independent care provider in UK to join The Living Wage Foundation.

Living Wage Accredited

At Silver Birch Care we believe that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay, and are very proud to be the first 16+ semi-independent provider in the UK to be formally accredited by The Living Wage Foundation.

“We are delighted to welcome Silver Birch Care to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. Only the very best employers voluntarily sign up to pay the Living Wage, which is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, and rewards a fair day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”

Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman

As a London Living Wage employer, Silver Birch Care have committed to paying all our support work staff a minimum recommended London Living Wage, which is currently set at £10.75 per hour – a rate 30% higher than the Government National Minimum Wage.

Our commitment to fair employment

At Silver Birch Care, we value the commitment, diligence and professionalism of our staff.  It is therefore of paramount importance to us, and the young people we support, that our staff feel valued and well rewarded.  As we expand our services across London and beyond, our Living Wage employer status helps us to continue attracting highly qualified staff who are fully committed to supporting young people, and to building a fulfilling and rewarding career in the health and social care sector.

The London Living Wage is a voluntary higher rate of pay that some responsible employers choose to pay their employees, as it allows staff to meet the cost of living in London.  The Living Wage is significantly higher than the Government’s National Minimum Wage rates, because it is calculated according to the cost of living in London.  Decisions about what to include in these calculations are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to live financially secure lives.

Looking after our employees

The Living Wage Foundation, and Silver Birch Care, both believe that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.  It is about more than just being able to pay the bills and ‘make ends meet’.  It is also about having that little extra on top for birthday presents, trips and outings, or one-off expenditures such as a household item, or meeting the cost of an unexpected repair bill.

An independent study examining the benefits of implementing a London Living Wage policy, found that more than 80% of employers believed that the London Living Wage had enhanced the quality of the work of their staff, and that absenteeism and subsequent need for agency staff cover fell by more than 25%.