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Care workers have the job of supporting and looking after vulnerable people. This includes children, the elderly and adults with disabilities.

They can work in private care homes or in patients’ homes. Sometimes care workers need to stay overnight.

Other names for care workers are:

  • Direct care workers
  • Carers
  • Care assistants
  • Healthcare assistants (HCAs)
  • Support workers
  • Personal carers/ assistants
  • Shared lives workers

This type of job involves day-to-day support for patients. This can include:

  • Helping with washing, getting dressed and going to the bathroom
  • Preparing food and helping with eating
  • Household cleaning, laundry and shopping
  • Keeping patients company and getting involved with activities
  • Making sure patients are taking any medication

This is a physical job, and you may be on your feet a lot.

You may have to work night shifts, on weekends and bank holidays.

Some care worker jobs are entry level and can offer on-the-job training.

If you want to apply for a care worker job, you might need the following:

For more information about care workers, read our guide to the best care companies to work for.

Where are the best care workers and assistants jobs?

  1. 1 Marie Curie
    8.0
  2. 2= British Red Cross
    7.2
  3. 2= Brandon Trust
    7.2
  4. 2= Fife Council
    7.2
  5. 5 PrimeLife
    7.1
  6. 6= North Yorkshire County Council
    7.0
  7. 6= Care Concern
    7.0
  8. 8 Caring Homes
    6.8
  9. 9= Sanctuary Group
    6.7
  10. 9= Cornerstone
    6.7

Handy to know about care workers and assistants

How much do care workers and assistants earn per hour?

Β£8.72–10.58

From 1,762 care workers and assistants

How often do people get paid?

7% of people report they get paid weekly
2% of people report they get paid every two weeks
17% of people report they get paid every four weeks
74% of people report they get paid monthly

Based on 2,062 care workers and assistants

How are people paid?

79%
by the hour
21%
an annual salary

Based on 2,218 care workers and assistants

What contracts are people on?

16% report having zero hours contracts
2% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
43% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
39% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 1,702 care workers and assistants

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

26% report getting one week notice or less
15% report getting two weeks notice
12% report getting three weeks notice
39% report getting four weeks notice or more
7% report having a fixed rota

Based on 2,017 care workers and assistants

Who’s hiring care workers and assistants?

  1. 505 recent jobs

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