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Brunelcare continues its commitment to the real Living Wage increase for the third year in a row

Brunelcare, an 83-year-old Bristol-based charity, has announced its third year as a Living Wage Employer and will increase wages for all of its 1,100 dedicated employees. 


As of 1st April 2022, Brunelcare officially became a Living Wage Employer with all employees being paid at, or above, the real Living Wage. Now, as of 1st April 2024, Brunelcare employees will be paid a minimum of £12.00 per hour regardless of their age, representing an increase to the charity’s minimum rate of pay of over 10% for the second year in a row. The Government’s national living wage currently stands at £11.44 per hour (£8.60 for employees under the age of 21).


This means that Brunelcare’s lowest-paid colleagues have received a 46.16% increase since March 2020.


Set by the Living Wage Foundation, the real Living Wage has been independently calculated according to the actual cost of living. Brunelcare became a Living Wage Employer in 2022 after discussions that started in 2019 and is a member of the Bristol Living Wage City Action Group, leading by example to demonstrate to other employers the benefits of paying the real Living Wage.


Brunelcare is based in the South West, a region where almost a fifth of all jobs (18.1%) pay less than the real Living Wage – around 424,000 jobs. Despite this, the charity has committed to pay the real Living Wage and deliver a fair rate of pay for the hard work and commitment their teams deliver in supporting vulnerable people in a range of care settings every day.


Care & Support Worker at Colliers Gardens, said: “I come to work every day because I genuinely love what I do. It’s fantastic to feel appreciated in your line of work, and the pay increase to the real Living Wage makes a real difference. With the cost of living forever increasing, this is going to make a huge difference!”


Oona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive at Brunelcare, said: “In 2022, Brunelcare achieved accreditation as a Living Wage Employer. This meant that no colleague at Brunelcare would be paid less than the real Living Wage. Our team has been doing such an integral job, particularly during the years leading from the pandemic, and their pay rates should reflect the vital work they continue to do. I am thrilled to announce that for the third year running, we are a Living Wage Employer.”


To find out more about Brunelcare or join our team and become a real Living Wage employee, get in touch here: 

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