Carers in Scotland guaranteed Living Wage for overnight hours

Care workers in Scotland are to be paid the real Living Wage of £8.45 for sleepover hours, meaning the Living Wage will now be received for all hours worked.

Care workers in Scotland have received the Living Wage for non-sleepover hours since 1 October 2016.‎

The Scottish Government has announced that social care staff working ‘sleepover’ hours are to receive a pay increase, by being paid the Living Wage for all hours, not just non-sleepover hours. The change is reported to be taking place during 2018/19.

According to health secretary Shona Robison the Scottish Government has worked closely with health and social care partnerships, care providers, trade unions, individuals using services and other stakeholders on this change, and will continue this engagement as partners begin to redesign sleepover provision.

Around 40,000 care workers supporting adults have benefitted from the Scottish Government’s commitment to enable payment of the Living Wage.