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:


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

Hourly rates for care assistants in Scotland range from around £9.00 to £13.50. With shift allowances you might earn up to around £18.00 an hour.

At present the apprentice rate, for those aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.81 an hour (1 April 2022). Some employers pay their apprentices more than the minimum rate.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You need to be:


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.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
Tel: 0345 60 30 891
Website (2):
Twitter: @SSSCnews

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