Care worker sleep in shift pay rates

Do you directly provide any care services  in which care staff perform sleep-in shifts?

Yes – we have interpreted these questions to relate to adult social care.

If yes, are the care workers paid a lump sum for the sleep-in shifts or are they paid an hourly rate?

Devon County Council has three respite units for adults with learning disabilities which provide sleep in shifts for which a lump sum is paid.

The Council does not specify any requirements for the payment method applied by commissioned providers to their employees but our terms of conditions state that providers must be compliant with employment legislation.

If they are paid a lump sum, what steps do you take to ensure that their average hourly wage – when all their working time is taken into account – is compliant with the National Living Wage?

The Council does not specify any requirements for the payment method applied by commissioned providers to their employees.However, Devon County Council terms and conditions specify that employment legislation must be complied with.

Do you commission care employers who employ care workers on sleep-in shifts?

Yes

Please list those providers.

Name of Provider
Advance
Agency Assistance
Allied Healthcare
Aroha
Assisted Living [Eden]
Caraston
Community Choices
Devon Cares
DHST
Guinness
HFT
Kaleidoscope
Kazlum
Larkstone
Lifeways
Lyndridge
Mears
Mencap
Moorcare
New Cross
Otterhayes
Phoenix
Purple Balm
ROC
SeeAbility
Step By Step
THERA
United response.

 

Are those providers required by you to pay care workers who work sleep-in shifts at an hourly rate, as opposed to a lump sum?

The Council does not specify any requirements for the payment method applied by commissioned providers to their employees

Do you carry out any checks to ensure that those care workers contracted by your council are paid at least the National Living Wage?

No – that is the responsibility of commissioned providers/employers, not the commissioning authority.

Have you given any guidance to your care providers who employ workers on sleep-in shifts about ensuring compliance with the National Living Wage?

No – that is the responsibility of commissioned providers/employers, not the commissioning authority.