Care Home Workers to be Fully Vaccinated

Care Home Workers to be Fully Vaccinated

Vaccines have appeared as a beacon of hope for millions of people at the highest risk of COVID-19 complications – and nowhere have they been more welcome than in the health and care sectors!

As we write, the latest stats show that:

  • Everybody in priority groups 1-9 has been offered a vaccination.
  • Across England, 91.3% of care home residents have had two doses.
  • 1% of care home workers have had one jab, and 70.2% both.

However, we can’t forget that some people can’t have the vaccine, and others have elected not to, for a wide range of social, cultural, medical or personal reasons.

New government legislation means from October, all staff in any CQC-registered care facility must have a mandatory two doses, although those with medical exemption are not included.

Let’s explore what this means and the impact of compulsory vaccination programmes on the British care sector.

The New Vaccine Rules for Social Care Professionals

While Parliament hasn’t yet approved the legislation, it seems very likely the vaccine rules will become law from October 2021.

In short, they mean that:

  • Staff providing personal or nursing support in a care home must have had two COVID-19 vaccinations (of any kind).
  • All workers employed by a care home or care agency are included, plus volunteers in a care home setting.
  • Healthcare workers who attend care homes and other contractors (such as hairdressers or tradespeople) must also be fully vaccinated.
  • Workers with a medical exemption are omitted and will not be required to have the vaccine if they have a condition that prevents this.

There will be a 16-week grace period, so any care home workers who haven’t yet received both vaccines will have time to book themselves in.

As we all know, elderly and vulnerable patients are at a substantially higher risk of becoming severely ill with the Coronavirus.

The majority of care home residents fall into a priority group, with over 90% now fully vaccinated.

Care professionals have been able to book their vaccines from early on in the rollout, although these new rules make it a legal obligation to do so, applying to around 15% of care staff who haven’t yet received any vaccine dose.

Protecting Care Home Residents Through Staff Vaccinations

The compulsory vaccines will go some way to protecting those patients who are at such significant risk.

But, what happens to valued care home staff that refuse?

As it stands, they may find themselves unable to work or being redeployed away from front-line care to a position that doesn’t involve any patient interaction.

However, the former seems more likely, since the legislation includes all ancillary staff in a care home – including administrative, housekeeping or maintenance roles.

The debate rumbles on since compulsory vaccines are a good thing in terms of patient safeguarding. Still, they may cause significant issues for care homes that already struggle to recruit and retain outstanding staff.

Several organisations have voiced concerns:

  • The British Medical Association says that compulsory vaccine laws are a ‘blunt instrument’, which ‘carries its own risks’.
  • The Chairman of the Independent Care Group, based in Yorkshire, states that they are ‘disappointed’ and foresee the potential for legal disputes.
  • Unison’s General Secretary calls for encouragement, not legislation, calling the announcement the ‘government’s sledgehammer approach’.

Critics advocate for a gentler process, explaining the benefits of vaccination and easing concerns that mean some care home staff feel reluctant to take up the vaccine offered.

Given the public nature of the announcements, we don’t imagine a U-turn ahead, despite some objections to forcing social care staff to be vaccinated, even if against their wishes.

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The Future of Mandatory Vaccinations

As yet, the legislation impacts only care homes, and so there aren’t any specific indications that the government will roll out compulsory vaccine laws elsewhere.

There are, though, some signs that this could be set to change in the future.

The Department of Health and Social Care says that it will launch an extended consultation to evaluate whether vaccine laws will apply to other social care settings and healthcare facilities.

Consultation responses have highlighted the feelings of disparity in care home workers being ‘singled out’, so this extension seems to arise from those concerns.

In the future, there are hints that COVID-19 vaccinations and winter flu jabs will be a condition of employment in a care or healthcare setting.

However, we’ve yet to see any information about how this would be regulated.

For the time being, the Public Health England data on vaccine effectiveness shows that jabs have prevented 14,000 fatalities and 42,000 hospital admissions in older people, based on statistics in England up to 30th May 2021.

Insisting on care home staff vaccinations may mean that the remaining 52,000 care home staff who haven’t been vaccinated and are eligible could further protect vulnerable patients.


Vaccination Support for Care Home Workers

Here at OUTT, we acknowledge the compelling power of the vaccination programme to eliminate the highest risks of COVID-19 and help make UK care homes safer places for all.

However, we also recognise that some care home professionals may have concerns about how the mandatory vaccine rules will affect their careers and future employment prospects.

If you would like further information about the vaccines available, there are several resources out there:

  • The World Health Organization advice page includes details about how the vaccines work and the safety analysis criteria for each type of vaccine being offered.
  • You can download a FAQs document from the NHS England site explaining everything from side effects to ingredients.
  • Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has a detailed list of medical conditions that impact your eligibility for vaccination.

For care home workers who are keen to get booked in well in advance of the new rules, you can book online through the NHS Booking page, which confirms that all social care workers are eligible.

Please get in touch with the OUTT team if you would like to chat about current care home vacancies, other roles in the social care sector, or any information contained in this article.


Best Podcasts for Care Workers

Best Podcasts for Care Workers

Forget playlists and hours of scrolling on social media – podcasts for care workers are the smart way to wind down, level up and spend your spare time wisely!

Podcasts are a fantastic resource, and there is a world of knowledge out there. Choose from entertainment, comedy, current issues or education, and you’ll tap into a vast amount of information that can improve your health, teach you new things, and provide never-ending conversation starters.

Best of all – pick a few great podcasts to add to your listening schedule, and you’ll never run out of fresh episodes to engage with, and they’re nearly all free of charge! With that in mind, the OUTT.com team wanted to share some of our favourite shows streaming to a device near you, with amazing content that can be of use to care workers throughout the UK.

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1. The Care Exchange

First up, The Care Exchange is a podcast series hosted by Skills for Care – and it’s a brilliant way to learn about every aspect of running, or being part of, a social care team.

Although aimed at employers, The Care Exchange is a valuable podcast that talks about staying motivated, harnessing the fresh energy of student care workers, and getting ready for a CQC inspection.

If you’d like to gain better knowledge into the nuts and bolts of what it takes to manage a great care team (or some tips to shine when it’s your turn to take a step up on the career ladder!), it’s well worth a listen.

2. The Health Foundation

Next, we’d recommend The Health Foundation podcast – with insights into both patient and professional perspectives of the UK health and care sector.

Ranging from thoughtful analyses of governmental policies to overarching health concerns that impact most of the population, it’s a broad-strokes overview of the importance of social care and what part we play in national wellbeing.

3. Untangle

Had a rough day or feeling like you’re struggling to recharge those tired batteries? Need to shake off a bad experience or reconnect with your passion for care?

Untangle is your new best friend. This podcast from the meditation app is a wonderful way to schedule some self-care in even the busiest schedules.

Soothing tones, brilliant guests, and a wide array of topics make Untangle an ideal podcast for people who need a little I-need-a-minute time – relationship issues, challenges with food, general mental wellbeing and guided meditations. Gold dust!

4. Research in Practice

Our fourth pick is Research in Practice. This series is a massive content library with episodes about every aspect of the care sector:

  • How childhood experiences impact people for life.
  • Tips for improving your record keeping.
  • Ways to ensure your care is person-centric.
  • How to enhance your conversations with patients and colleagues.
  • The value of an early intervention.

For care workers looking to round out their knowledge or gain information about different parts of the care work puzzle, this is a perfect starting point.

5. The King’s Fund

If you’re into the bigger issues, The King’s Fund is the podcast for you.

With a new episode every month, this dives deep into the complexities of the NHS, health policy, and how those higher-level strategies impact on-the-ground care services. It uses a tactic of taking real-life examples we can relate to and expanding them outwards to provide meaningful insights into the future of public health services.

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6. Think Local Act Personal

We love this podcast because it epitomises the qualities that so many care professionals bring with them to work in spades every single day!

Think Local Act Personal is all about a different attitude to social care – and it’s accessible for everyone, with a jargon buster toolbar if you’re listening on a device and want to decipher any of the terminologies. It’s also a great way to inform your work – for example, episodes on making real change, practical improvements, and enhancing the experience of care that every person receives.

Many expert speakers and a podcast dedicated to transforming social care through the people on the frontline.

7. Off The Gram

Whether you dread Monday mornings with a passion or feel like your crazy shift pattern is depleting your social life beyond recognition, Off The Gram is all but guaranteed to put a sparkle back in your step! This podcast is often hilariously funny, hosted by four fearless women who interview a vast range of people, from fashion designers to celebrity PTs, CEOs, and glass ceiling smashers

With a primary focus on wellbeing and self-care, Off The Gram is a life improvement exercise in entertainment and will make you feel in control, capable, and inspired.

8. Hempsons Health & Social Care Law Podcast

Now for something a little more serious – and important.

Hempsons podcast is heavy going, so it’s not motivational commute material, but it is an incredible tool if you’d like to educate yourself about social care law. Produced by the renowned British law firm, Hempsons are all about health and social care, working with:

  • Social care charities.
  • NHS trusts and foundations.
  • Non-profit organisations.
  • Private healthcare providers.

They know their stuff, and if you can spend 40 minutes or so a week having a listen in, you’ll have a solid grasp of the changes and initiatives coming your way.

9. Multiple Sclerosis Trust

We acknowledge that MS is one of the millions of conditions that social care professionals might encounter. Still, if you’re looking to specialise in caring for patients with any specific health challenge, learning as much as you can about it will be time very well spent.

The MS Trust podcast is one such resource, packed with information from people living with the condition and professionals finding new ways to manage it.

In the same way, you could opt for the What Works for Children’s Social Care as a great knowledge base, exploring evidence-based topics to help care professionals improve their awareness about working with younger age groups.

10. Let’s Talk About Care

Finally, we’d suggest giving Let’s Talk About Care a listen. There have been 19 episodes to date, with the most recent published in April 2021, and it’s a fascinating, often humorous, show about care. From personal stories to reflections on care standards, interviews with policymakers to professional staff, it’s helpful to gain a broader perspective on social care.

We hope you enjoy our rundown of the best podcasts for care workers – and some of these options add value to your busy working week! Found some incredible podcasts you think all social care workers should know about? Please share them with us! You can find our contact details and tonnes of information about how we’re improving the social care workplace one day at a time at OUTT.com.

Time Management Tips for Social Care Staff

Time Management Tips for Social Care Staff

Time seems to be the one commodity social care staff can never have enough of!

You can’t buy it; there is always a finite amount and yet a seemingly never-ending list of jobs that make it impossible ever to catch up.

If that sounds familiar, don’t despair! Time management is a phrase that gets slung about a lot without really meaning anything tangible.

Let’s work through some practical, actionable tips to help you get your agenda back under control – as recommended by the OUTT.com social care recruitment team, who know a thing or two about coping with a crazy schedule!

By thinking about organisation (and accepting that some things won’t ever get to the top of the to-do list!), you can regain your cool and focus on what matters.

The Challenge of Staying on Track in a Care Setting

The first thing we need to do is to be realistic. It’s tough to be organised as a social care worker.

Shifts can be long and overnight, so you don’t get the usual time during the week to sort out your everyday life admin.

When you’re at work, you might have a million individual tasks to do or have very little structure since the care required all depends on the needs of your patients or residents.

Then there are those fixed times in the schedule, such as:

  • Handovers between shifts.
  • Record keeping and paperwork.
  • Dispensing medications.
  • Mealtimes.
  • Ward rounds.

It’s essential to recognise that if you’re feeling a bit frazzled, you’re not alone. No individual can keep track of all of those jobs in their head.

Writing it down or keeping notes in your calendar on your phone is a great start.

Try setting the alarm to buzz ten minutes before each specific job in the shift, and you’ll be prepared and mentally alert – rather than rushing around like a maniac realising you’re five minutes late to a staff meeting and can’t find your report!

Another trick is to use a checklist – you can get an app for your phone if you’re not keen on wandering around with another clipboard to add to your repertoire.

Having a definitive list of tasks to do means staying focused and maintaining direction, working through the jobs methodically and without a whiff of panic.

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Prioritising Tips for Care Workers

Next, we’ll think about priorities. There are thousands of things that might change in any one shift, and so it can be challenging to set a concrete list of what you’re planning to do on any given day.

But, what you can do is assign a ranking to your tasks, so you never leave off the major stuff in favour of something less crucial.

Now, you’ve probably guessed that we love a list and add a highlighter to the project, and you’re onto a good thing! But, joking aside, colour coding is an excellent way to gain control over a busy schedule.

It’s not just about having a structure to follow but is also a visual work system that your brain can understand instantly, without needing to work through notes or figure out any rushed scrawl that no longer reads in English.

Try this:

  • Highlighting in green everything that is of top priority. Things that you cannot miss must be done every shift and that you can’t delay.
  • Choosing orange for important jobs that don’t have a specific time limit. Of course, you don’t want to forget these tasks, but you don’t need to put them first if any pressing situations arise.
  • Marking urgent jobs that need to be done quickly but aren’t particularly vital in blue. You might get these out of the way after your green jobs or delegate to another team member or junior.
  • Saving yellow for the less critical jobs. For example, say you’ve meant for months to sort out the supply cupboard – nothing terrible is going to happen if you never get around to it, but you would find it satisfying to get everything neat and tidy.

Traffic light systems are perfect for busy care workers because they require zero time for a stressed mind to comprehend – freeing up your headspace for more important things!

Mapping Out Time Allocations

There is a way to try and pinpoint where your time keeps disappearing – and it sounds a little fuzzy, but bear with us!

Time mapping means you have a grid of the day and separate each hour into a box.

You then use that planner to decide what tasks you are going to accomplish in the day. You can assign each job a time slot with an appropriate colour, so you know whether it takes precedence even if you’ve underestimated the time needed or stops at the cut-off.

Mapping out your day in this way is also perfect for:

  • Working out whether you can do it all. If you’re endlessly on the back foot, there’s a chance you’re taking on too much. If you have a ten-hour shift, and all of your jobs require 12 hours, it’s time for a rethink with your manager.
  • Seeing where time is lost. We all faff a little, and being disorganised can take up even more time when we search for things we’ve misplaced or try and decide how to keep up. Writing down your day can quickly show you the missing pieces or help you identify that you need to cut down on something.
  • Separating work and personal time. We’ve looked here at tips for the workday, but it’s equally crucial you rest. An over-tired mind won’t have the strength to navigate a hectic day, so you need to have a non-negotiable cut-off, at which point you reserve your energy for home life and relaxation.

Creating a visual image of your day is a simple job, but means it’s easy to see where you spend most time, which tasks you’re trying to cram into an impossibly short time, and where perhaps you have leeway to let go of less essential work that somebody else may have more time to accommodate.

Time management in itself can sound like a tedious task you don’t have time for – but trust us; it’s a valuable investment that will help your busiest days run like clockwork!

The Cheapest Ways for Carers to Get Around London

The Cheapest Ways for Carers to Get Around London

Carers are almost always busy! For those of us in the big smoke, travel can be a pretty big challenge, needing to:

  • Flit between placements or shifts.
  • Travel to different care facilities or resident’s homes.
  • Beat the rush hour to relax on the journey home.
  • Travel across the city to get to your subsequent home care placement.

The best way to make sure travelling around London is affordable, quick, and stress-free is to do your research. Only kidding – we’ve done it for you!

OUTT.com provides outstanding social care workers with placements all over greater London and across many support roles and positions.

We recognise that travelling in the city can be a nightmare, so we have compared all available options to recommend the most affordable alternatives.

The Benefit of Oyster Cards for London Carers

First up, we’d suggest getting an Oyster card. They are cheaper than buying any day tickets for public transport and lower cost than using a debit or credit card for contactless payments.

Oyster cards work on the tube, overground and mainline rail, so they are well worth having if your plans change and you need to get somewhere quickly.

Our tip is to register your card online. Once you’ve done so, you can:

  • Then, top it up on your mobile.
  • Apply discounts to your rail fare.
  • Claim back the balance if you lose the card.

You can use a regular card, and all the entry and exit gates throughout the tube have contactless barriers. However, while the everyday prices are pretty similar, you’ll need an Oyster card to buy longer-term travel cards.

The great thing about using this option if you’re a social care worker travelling around the city is that you get a fare cap – so no matter how many journeys or tubes you need to take, you won’t keep accumulating costs!

Caps are:

  • Calculated from 4.30 am to 4.29 the next night (ideal for night shift workers!).
  • Limited to £7.20 a day maximum for fares throughout zones one and two.

You can buy season tickets, get emails about any route closures, and also track your journeys. This service is excellent if you need to claim for travel expenses, as you can see which trips you took, from and to where, and on which date!

Using the London Underground to Travel Between Care Placements

Oyster cards work throughout the TfL transport system, but let’s take a closer look at the tube. The first thing you’ll need to know is which tube station is nearest to your destination and what zone it is in.

It might be cheaper to get a bus (more on that shortly!), but if all of your placements are in the same zone, your tube fares might be a lot lower.

You can check the zone map on the TfL website, and it’s also a great way to work out which station is closest or if there is a tube stop near enough to make it a viable option!

There are caps for daily travel, off-peak travel and weekly limits – for example, zones 1-6 are limited to £13.50 per day. You can check the exact rates online.

Tubes tend to be scheduled for every three minutes, although registering an Oyster card is invaluable if there are line closures and you need to plot an alternative route.

Most stations are open from 5 am until 1 am the following morning – and it’s wise to check with TfL if you do leave in the early hours as some stations will be open for a Night Tube service, but they aren’t universal.

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Travelling by Bus as a Social Carer in London

Next, we’ll look at the bus networks. Buses might seem a little slower than the tube, but they can be a lifesaver if you’re travelling somewhere without a nearby tube station.

The big challenge with using the buses is the traffic (enough said).

However, there are plenty of bus routes, so it’s generally a much faster way to travel than by car, and cheaper than taking a taxi.

Always check the bus routes and the correct number before hopping on a London bus. You can pay with your Oyster, and there are lots of different fares:

  • Pay as you go tickets cost £1.55 per journey.
  • The daily cap is £4.65, and the maximum charge £21.90 per week.

If you receive some benefits in addition to your wages, you can apply for a discounted Oyster photo card. This card gives you 50% discounts on the pay as you go fares and lower caps on all other bus travel.

Using Boris Bikes to Get Between Care Jobs

Another option, mostly reserved for the summer, is to think about using one of Boris bikes.

The distinctive Santander Cycle Docks are available throughout zone one and provide FREE cycle hire for up to 30 minutes.

If there is a dock near you and one near your workplace, and the journey won’t take over half an hour, you can therefore travel for free there and back!

Some smart cyclists switch bikes between docks, making sure they aren’t travelling for more than 29 minutes and can make longer journeys without paying a penny.

Otherwise, the costs are £2 per day and £2 for each half-hour after that. Of course, you must check that the bike has docked properly, so you don’t keep racking up charges.

London offers multiple cycle routes, and you can check where it is safe to cycle through CityMapper or Google Maps.

Walking to Work as a London Carer

Finally, we’d recommend not discounting walking before checking out the route!

We’re so used to jumping on the tube, it can sometimes be a lot quicker to walk it – and completely free of charge.

There are maps on most of the central streets, with Legible London maps erected by TfL.

These tell you which direction you’re facing, which is an excellent advantage if you’re using Google Maps to travel somewhere new and rely on your smartphone compass.

In summary, we’d recommend the following as the cheapest ways to travel around London.

  • Checking the distance to see if it’s walkable.
  • Seeing if there are bike docks close to your journey.
  • Taking a bus if a stop is nearby and you’re travelling outside of rush hour.
  • Registering an Oyster card for tube or train journeys.
  • Verifying whether you’re eligible for any discounts – or comparing the prices of season tickets, which are substantially cheaper than paying day rates.

We hope this guide to travelling around London as a carer is helpful!

To check out available social care shifts and placements near you, and assess the best way to travel between home and work, register at OUTT.com to get started.

Minimum Holiday and Break Periods for the UK Social Care Sector

Minimum Holiday and Break Periods for the UK Social Care Sector

Nobody wants to be that person who’s brand new to a team and starts niggling about breaks and downtime – however, all care professionals must make sure they’re getting the right amount of rest.

Care work can be very physical and emotionally challenging, so you need to take advantage of tea breaks, lunch and holidays to ensure you have the resilience and health to deliver fantastic care.

OUTT.com regularly hears from candidates who are shocked (in a good way!) to receive full PAYE benefits with flexible shifts, excellent pay rates, and proper support. That highlights that it’s well worth taking the time to recap the legal minimums.

If you’re ever worried that you aren’t getting the proper holiday entitlement or days off to recharge those batteries when you’re running on empty, check out the OUTT.com social care recruitment platform for a better way to work.

In the meantime, let’s work through the bare minimum you can expect from a social care employer.

Minimum Rest Breaks for Care Workers

Now, every organisation will have a different policy about rest breaks. Some might play it by ear and recommend taking a load off in between shifts when things are quiet.

Others put in place structured rests, usually in care facilities where it’s impossible to anticipate a slower part of the day.

Staggered rest breaks can be a great way to make sure everybody gets a break without having a mass exodus to the tea room all at once.

UK legislation states that:

  • Workers are entitled to one 20-minute rest break without interruption during a typical day of over six hours.
  • Your breaks can be taken as lunch or can be a quick tea break.
  • Rest periods don’t have to be paid for – although great social care employers will grant you at least a 20-minute recharge without docking the time from your payslip.

Many employers will expand on that, offering smaller breaks during the day and a more extended lunch break.

A lot depends on the nature of the care organisation you work for – it can be pretty tricky getting an hour away for lunch if you’re a home care worker, providing one-on-one support, for example.

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Break Periods During Night Shift Work

We hear you; a typical eight-hour office day isn’t remotely comparable to social care shifts! If you’re working nights or a longer 12-hour shift, you still have the right to a proper break.

There are three types of a break for adult social care workers:

  • First, rest breaks you take at work.
  • Then daily rest – i.e. in between shifts.
  • Finally, weekly rest, which is the amount of time off you need during the working week.

If you work somewhere that is staffed 24-hours a day, you are entitled to 11 hours of consecutive rest.

Of course, if you’re working overnight in a care home on a 12.5-hour shift, that’s cutting it fine, but it still means you get at least 11 hours away from work.

Say you can’t have 11 hours away, then you are entitled to compensatory rest breaks – as long as it all works out within the legal limits over an average week. You should be getting at least 90 hours off work during any seven days.

We’ve established that a minimum 20-minute rest is required for any work over six hours, and that same rule applies no matter what time of day (or night!) you happen to be on duty.

You’re also required to have at least one day off per week.

Legal UK Holiday Entitlements

Next up, let’s think about holidays. Whether that’s languishing on a tropical beach with a fruity cocktail or finally getting around to that garden makeover project, every care worker must get some proper time off every year.

Missing holidays can cause no end of challenges, and it’s in an employer’s best interests to ensure their staff are supported, rested, and valued.

Working flat out without ever taking a break can cause:

  • Fatigue, illness, mental health conditions, and burn out.
  • Loss of job satisfaction, commitment and drive.
  • Decreases in quality of care, professionalism and standards.
  • Resentment, with exhausted staff feeling demotivated.

There are national standards in place, applicable to all roles in any employment sector. For example, UK workers should receive at least 28 days (5.6 weeks) of paid leave every year.

That is the statutory entitlement, and anything beneath that for a full-time worker is a breach of employment law.

Employers can choose to include public holidays – although having every bank holiday off is probably a pipe dream in many care roles where patients and residents need support regardless of the date on the calendar!

Leave Periods for Part-Time Care Workers

If you work part-time, don’t worry; you still have a legal right to a minimum amount of holiday every year. Legally, anything under five days per week is considered part-time, although if your shift patterns chop and change, it tends to work on averages.

You still get the 5.6-week entitlement, although your number of working days included in 5.6 weeks will be lower.

Employers usually adopt a straightforward pro-rata system – so they’ll offer you the same as a full-time worker, reduced by the relevant number of hours.

For example:

  • Lisa works 40 hours per week, full-time, eight hours per day. She is entitled to 5.6 weeks or 28 days of holiday – and might split that into half days or take off, say, two weeks at a time.
  • Stefan works 16 hours a week, part-time, also eight hours a day. He still gets that 5.6 weeks off, but it works out as 89.6 hours or just over 11 days of holiday.
  • As a temporary care professional, you get this same calculation, but based on each hour you get paid for. Your holiday pay is accrued and will show on your payslip, you can request this money to take paid leave or every week, it’s yours to manage as you need.

Some employers will offer a holiday entitlement over that statutory limit. Others will have policies about booking leave a specific period in advance or not taking more than two weeks of holiday consecutively.

The point is that, whatever job you do, you must get time away – whether that’s grabbing a coffee or taking a whole week to reset your energy stores.

We all work at our best when we feel enthusiastic and positive, and making sure you’re getting enough holiday, and a decent number of coffee breaks is essential to your health as well as job performance!

Payroll Benefits of Working with OUTT.com

Payroll Benefits of Working with OUTT.com

We hear from hundreds of professional care workers who are often concerned from news reports about working through an agency. So, it seemed a great time to run through how OUTT.com works and the outstanding benefits on offer!

Before we get into the finer detail, it’s worth recapping that every OUTT.com candidate receives full PAYE benefits, paid directly through our payroll partners.

That means complete job security, NI contributions, accurate tax deductions, and compliance with all UK employment regulations.

Our role is to act as a fast-paced social care recruitment team that puts the needs of our quality carers as a top priority – and what better way to do so than through a massive range of unique payroll benefits!

The Advantages of OUTT.com PAYE Employment

First, we’ll explain how we make social care recruitment better, in every way possible.

We have identified a few of the most glaring problems with some traditional social care agencies:

  • Charging payroll fees to receive your income?
  • Waiting until the end of the month to receive your wages?
  • Reduced hourly income after agency fee deductions?
  • Paying extra costs for new employment options?

OUTT.com has scrapped every one of these outdated systems – because they don’t provide added value for either the care worker or their placements.

Instead, we created a more beneficial way for social care professionals to connect directly with employers.

It makes sense because care workers are in extremely high demand. Offering higher pay rates and more diverse placements is the only way to recognise the value of those skills.

In a nutshell, we offer the same kind of services as an agency, with added flexibility.

OUTT.com care workers can select shifts, choose their hourly rates, and leave feedback for employers.

The minimum pay rates are at least £10 per hour; there are no payroll charges, plus the option to get paid as often as you wish (even if that’s every day!).

Sound good? There’s more…

Free UK Social Care Training – Without a Catch!

Sure Outt.com is the new kid on the block, but when we felt we’d nailed it with our recruitment app and could see how seamless this makes life for social care employers and staff looking for full-time work, or the occasional shift, we turned our attention to skills.

As we’ve mentioned, care workers are in huge demand. The sector is underfunded, and the workforce has enormous skill shortages as agencies continue to pay low rates or employers offer the bare minimum or poor working conditions.

These practices drive away fantastic staff, who aren’t receiving the remuneration, recognition or support they need to do such a vital job.

What we’re really after is this:

  • A market-leading system where social care employers can instantly find qualified professionals for urgent shift cover or longer-term positions.
  • Care workers who earn great rates, can choose when they work and have complete control over their earnings, working hours, and placements.
  • Staff and employers who love their jobs – and know that when quality meets consistency, the magic starts to happen.

The end game is to transform the world of social care recruitment to ensure it’s a flexible career path for the future.

We feel that the best way to make that happen is to offer additional skills training or accreditations to help care professionals take the next step on the career ladder.

Thus, the OUTT.com Academy was born!

The platform allows every candidate to log in as and when they like, take training courses to bolster their knowledge and competencies, learn new things, or refresh their skills before returning to the social care workforce.

There is no catch, no subscription period, and no minimum qualification you need to become an OUTT.com care worker – the only requisite is that you have six months of employment experience in the sector.

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People Pay Payroll Benefits

If you’re not yet an Outter, we’d also like to take a moment to explain the pay system we use and the raft of bonus benefits it offers.

Everybody likes a perk, and we feel it’s a great way of showing our appreciation for our hardworking care workers – who often need a bit of pampering more than the next person!

Exclusively we offer multiple benefits, from 20% off high street shops to 2-for-1 restaurant dining and even 50% discounts on a luxury meal.

Here’s how it works:

  • Every time OUTT.com pays your wages, you earn points.
  • Collect those points as you go, and decide what to spend them on.
  • Use your credits to access your wages early, pay for a meal out, or take some quality time to yourself!

These fantastic benefits make OUTT.com employment a whole lot more than a way to earn higher wages.

One example is that you can get access to a free mortgage consultation with a market-leading provider specialising in contractor mortgages.

This service means being able to secure financing to purchase your first home or negotiate competitive rates, which banks are often reluctant to offer to contractor workers – even when they have years of employment consistency!

Another feature we’d like to highlight is Medicash Flex. After a year-long health crisis, we don’t need to reiterate how vital our health is to our quality of life, including mental and emotional wellbeing. You can also sign up for an annual healthcare plan at discounted rates, with cashback available on dentist treatments and optician appointments, among many others.

Whether you’re keen to improve your earnings, take back control of your career, invest some time in enhancing your professional qualifications, or just want to enjoy your job with all the advantages of these perks – OUTT.com offers a substantial amount of payroll benefits to make your money work harder for you.