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Care Assistant or Support Worker

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Care assistants, sometimes referred to as support workers or care workers, help people who need assistance with their personal care or daily activities. This can be within peoples’ homes, day centres or residential or nursing homes.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).

As of 1 April 2023 the National Minimum Wage is £5.28 an hour for workers under 18, £7.49 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £10.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over is £10.42 an hour.

With experience and shift allowances you could earn around £18.00 an hour.

The apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £5.28 an hour (1 April 2023). Some employers pay their apprentices more than the minimum rate.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
69952
0.4 %
RISE
2028
70207
  United Kingdom
2023
792022
1.9 %
RISE
2028
806939

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

There is a steady demand for support workers which is likely to continue. You should note that a lot of jobs are part time.

Video

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website: http://www.sssc.uk.com/
Website (2): https://learn.sssc.uk.com/careers/
Twitter: @SSSCnews
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesssc

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