How much does an hourly carer earn

In the UK, the average wage for hourly carers is around £12 per hour. This rate is often dependent on several factors, such as qualifications, experience, and the region in which carers work.

At The Good Care Group, we have an hourly care service in London and are looking for professional hourly carers to join our team. If you’re passionate about providing the best possible care, we think there’s nowhere better to work than The Good Care Group.

We believe in fair pay for our dedicated hourly care workers. We pay our carers between £13.50 – £15 per hour, depending on their experience. We are proud to say that we are one of the few care providers in the UK to offer above the national living wage.

If you’re interested in joining our team as an hourly carer, complete and submit this form. Our team will then be in touch.

Here we provide all the information you need about starting a new career as an hourly carer, including how much a carer earns and how often they work.

Do hourly workers get paid travel time?

Hourly carers often travel to different locations to provide care for their clients. This raises the question of whether they get paid for their travel time between clients. The answer depends on the care provider’s policies. In some cases, hourly care workers are paid for their travel time between clients, while in others, they are not.

At The Good Care Group, we take care of all your travel expenses for travel made in between client visits. Unlike some care providers who hire carers on a self-employed basis, we hire and manage all of our staff. This means you won’t have to worry about claiming expenses against tax, as all of your travel expenses and tax will be taken care of by us.

We’ll pay your salary directly into your bank account each month, providing you with peace of mind and financial security.

How many hours does an hourly carer work?

People need care at all hours of the day, which means that hourly carers may be required to work mornings, days, evenings or nights. It all depends on the needs of their clients.

The number of hours an hourly carer can expect to work will depend on their contract. At The Good Care Group, we offer contracted, guaranteed hours as well as zero-hour contracts. We understand that flexibility is important for our care teams, and we’re proud to offer contracts that benefit everyone involved.

If you prefer a more structured schedule, our contracted hours option may be suitable for you. This option provides you with a set number of hours each week, which can provide financial stability and predictability to your schedule.

Alternatively, if you prefer a more flexible approach to work, our zero-hour contracts may be a better fit for you. With this option, you can choose the hours you want to work each week, giving you more control over your schedule and time.

At The Good Care Group, we believe in offering our care workers flexibility in their working arrangements. We recognise that a good work-life balance allows our carers to provide the very best quality of care to our clients.

How long do hourly carers visit for?

When it comes to hourly care visits, many care providers offer a range of visit lengths, typically ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

At The Good Care Group, we believe in providing our clients with the care and attention they require and deserve. This is why we guarantee our hourly care workers a minimum of 1 hour per client visit. This allows our care workers to take their time and provide quality care without feeling rushed or pressured to complete their tasks quickly.

By giving our care workers more time with each client, we ensure that all of their needs are met. It allows us to build stronger relationships between our care workers and clients. Our hourly care workers are trained to understand each client’s individual needs, and by spending more time with them, they can provide personalised care that meets those needs.

Who will I be caring for?

As an hourly carer, you will provide care to individuals who require support due to a condition, illness or disability that impacts their physical or mental ability to live independently.

At The Good Care Group, we provide high-quality care at home to people from all walks of life who wish to continue living independently in their own homes. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live with dignity, respect and independence. We’re proud to provide bespoke care at home to support our clients in living a life they love.

Whether you’re providing support with medication management, meal preparation, personal care, or simply providing companionship and emotional support, your role as an hourly carer is vital to helping our clients live fulfilling lives in the comfort of their own homes.

Hourly care worker responsibilities

When it comes to hourly care jobs, no two days are ever alike. Every day, your duties and responsibilities will be guided by the bespoke needs and preferences of our clients.

Our carers provide a range of care and support services in a client’s home including:

  • Discreet and sensitive personal care
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Medication administration and management
  • Light housekeeping duties
  • Transportation and running errands
  • Assisting with mobility in and around the home
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Pet care
  • Nurse-supported complex care

What qualifications or experience do I need?

While formal qualifications indicate a certain level of knowledge and skill, they are not always necessary to become a carer. Many competent and knowledgeable carers obtain the skills they need to provide extraordinary care through on-the-job experience.

There are a variety of Health and Social Care qualifications available designed to provide the learner with the training and skills they need to care for others.

The most common of these is the Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications. These provide an introductory background in care work and are flexible enough to cover care in a wide range of health and social care settings.

Developing your skills is just as important as any diploma or care worker qualification. There are several courses and additional certifications available that can help you develop new and specialist skills as a carer. This can include learning about proper nutrition and food safety, safe mobility and handling or dementia care.

Learn more about the qualifications you need to become a carer. 

In terms of experience, at The Good Care Group, we look for people with at least six months of professional experience. If this will be your first hourly carer role, but you have experience caring for a family member or friend, we have a limited number of roles available and will provide the training to support you in your new career.

Join our award-winning team

Our exceptional carers are the reason we’re leading the way in home care services across the UK. We want the very best and we believe our committed carers deserve excellent employment packages.

We offer all new starters access to our industry-leading training and development. With us, you can grow your skills in a culture that truly respects your ideas and individuality.

Join our award-winning team and we’ll also provide you with the following benefits:

  • A competitive salary with merit-based pay progression
  • Flexible rotas and working schedules
  • Transparent pay bands, rewarding individual experience, skills, training and qualifications
  • Enhanced holiday pay
  • Paid annual leave based on working patterns
  • 24/7 confidential employee assistance
  • Access to a dedicated online carer community
  • Access to an innovative well-being programme to support you in supporting our clients; introduction of wellness plans to support positive mental health at work

Apply today

Ready to make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of our clients? If you’re interested in joining our team as an hourly carer, complete and submit this form. Our team will then be in touch shortly.

Here you can also find a detailed explanation of our straightforward recruitment process.

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