Remote Workforce Monitoring Solution IQ:timecard Weighs In On Hot Topic of Wage Hikes in Domiciliary Care

After Ed Miliband last week pledged to raise the minimum wage to £8 per hour should he take office in next year’s General Election, Unique IQ is encouraging all domiciliary care providers to ensure their own workers are being paid the minimum wage. With wages predicted to rise substantially over the next few years as the government attempts to keep it in line with inflation, the team behind the time and attendance solution are urging businesses to keep on top of employee wages and ensure that all workers are paid in line with the legal minimum.

The remote workforce monitoring solution, which is popular in the home care industry, integrates seamlessly with payroll to ensure that workers are being paid for the hours they work. With minimum wage rising once more this month – from £6.31 to £6.50 – employers will need to tinker with their systems to ensure that their employees aren’t being underpaid for their services. 19% of council respondents admitted in July that they ‘did not know’ if their contracted home care providers paid the minimum wage, and just 3% were confident that employees were receiving a living wage. The figures highlight a real need for closer attention paid in the area of home care salaries.

David Lynes, Director of Unique IQ, says, “With minimum wage rising in the next month, and plenty more wage boosts expected to come over the next few years as the next government attempts to tackle the ‘cost of living crisis’, employees will need to ensure they keep on top of all changes to legislation. It’s especially difficult in home care, when employees are always clocking in and out, for businesses to track the number of hours worked and wages earned. Our time and attendance solution helps make it easier for employers to remain vigilant about minimum wage, ensuring their team are being paid the appropriate amount – without burdening the payroll department with undue paperwork.”

It has long been a concern of experts in the industry that home care workers are not paid for travel time, so the amount that they end up with in their bank account at the end of the month actually falls below the minimum wage for the numbers of hours they worked. Unison issued a conservative estimate of around 200,000 care workers, who may be affected by this type of breach.

IQ:timecard’s unique reports allow employers to gather data on their employees, showing whether they are being paid the right amount for the hours they’ve worked – including things like travel time and sleepover shifts, which are legally classed as work and must be paid for. The reports are simple to compile and help to flag up where any employer might be underpaying their employees – an essential tool in the coming months and years, when wage rises and new regulations will be enforced.