Hales Home Care has been awarded a contract to provide domiciliary care in Rotherham and the surrounding areas, creating over 200 jobs.
Hales will be supporting existing service users to transition into its care and creating new job opportunities across the local area, in various positions including supervisory, quality assurance and care delivery teams.
The company currently provides over 30,000 hours of care a week across the UK from 21 locations, including nine housing with care schemes supporting older people, people with disabilities, people with long term illness and people at the end of their life.
Jeffrey Fowler, chairman of Hales Group, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the long-term contract to provide domiciliary care in Rotherham. We have been working very closely with the local authority on precise plans to successfully develop our joint approach to innovative care delivery for the area.”
The news follows trade union Unison’s announcement that it has signed up Rotherham Council to its ethical care charter.
The charter commits the council to continue working with the borough’s care companies to help end zero-hours contracts and reflect travel time between home care visits in care workers’ pay.
As a result of this commitment, all home care firms contracted to work with the council will pay at least the real living wage – currently £9.30 an hour – to all their employees from April 2020. This will give a pay rise to around 800 home care workers.