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Care UK

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Care Assistant, Care UK

£8.91 per hour

in Slough, Berkshire

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Job description

£8.91 per hour

Care Assistant - Full or Part Time Oak House Care Home- Slough, SL2 4FAPay: from £8.91 (depending on qualification)+ Overtime enhancement and £1000 joining bonusIf you're passionate and caring and looking for a rewarding job that comes with excellent training and great opportunities for personal development, join Care UK as a Care Assistant and make a real difference.


Being a Care Assistant at Care UK

Care Assistants at Care UK come from all walks of life. Some have worked in factories, supermarkets or schools. Some are returning to work after a break. Many have no, or minimal, experience, but are keen to explore a career in care, while many already have invaluable experience. What they all have in common is the right values. They’re adaptable, friendly, polite and caring. They enjoy working as a team with people from different cultures and backgrounds. And, they consider it a privilege to be trusted to look after others. Do you share their values? Then we could have just the role for you.


What you’ll be doing

Being a Care Assistant doesn’t just mean helping residents to remain as active and independent as possible while respecting their rights of choice, privacy and dignity. It means having fun and laughter with them and using your skills to help them deal with day-to-day difficulties like personal care and meal times. It also means working as part of a team to identify their unique goals and implement personalised care plans. And, it means working flexibly to help them explore new interests, engage in physical exercise and activities and make sure they enjoy themselves in a stimulating and homely environment. Put simply, it means making a difference. A real difference.


What you’ll need

Experience of caring for others would be useful, not necessarily in a paid role – you may have looked after an elderly relative or friend. More important though is your kind-hearted nature, your belief in teamwork and your ability to use your initiative and imagination, follow instructions and prioritise a busy workload. You’ll be comfortable talking to, and working with, people from different professions, you’re great at keeping records too. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.


The benefits

Opportunities to progress through our career paths into more senior and management roles

  • Earn whilst you learn and take on an apprenticeship
  • Quality bespoke training to develop your skills
  • Flexible hours, including a choice of day, night or weekend shifts
  • Bank holiday enhancements
  • Free uniform
  • Free DBS
  • Thousands of online and in-store discounts


One of the UK’s leading care home providers, Care UK run over 120 homes and day clubs across the UK that provide residential, nursing, dementia and end-of-life care for older people. A top rated employer in best quality results, our goal is to help every employee fulfil their potential by providing first-class training and support.

Fulfilling lives, fulfilling Careers.


How does the pay compare?

This job
£8.91
Typical range
£8.71–9.54

Care workers and assistants at Care UK are typically paid £8.71–9.54 an hour. This job pays £8.91 per hour.

How this job measures up

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  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful for care workers and assistants to work at Care UK?

    People feel stressed here

    How we know this

    78% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 49 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK get paid breaks?

    No. People don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    91% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are not paid enough to live on

    Does Care UK pay care workers and assistants enough to live on?

    People are not paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    80% of people say they are paid below the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid below market rates

    Does Care UK pay care workers and assistants market rates?

    People are not paid market rates

    How we know this

    91% of people are paid below the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 54 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Care UK pay care workers and assistants sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    92% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

Not great
  • Not easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants at Care UK to change shifts?

    Most people find it hard to change shifts

    How we know this

    61% of people report that it’s hard to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 36 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do care workers and assistants think Care UK head office understands what's happening where they work?

    Most people think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    74% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 43 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do Care UK managers change care workers and assistants shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    58% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 48 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • No career progression

    Are care workers and assistants given support to progress at Care UK?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 51% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 41 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    53% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    57% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 53 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do care workers and assistants get of their shift pattern at Care UK?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 33% report getting one week notice or less
    • 12% report getting two weeks notice
    • 8% report getting three weeks notice
    • 33% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 15% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 52 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do care workers and assistants feel well informed about how Care UK is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    72% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 46 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Good
  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to take sick leave at Care UK?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    52% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 44 job reviews

  • Good choice of shifts

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    52% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 48 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    62% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 42 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Rarely. Most people don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    65% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

Excellent
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to book a holiday at Care UK?

    People find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    76% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 45 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • People enjoy their job

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK enjoy their jobs?

    People enjoy their job

    How we know this

    79% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 19 job reviews

  • Enough training

    Do care workers and assistants get enough training when they start at Care UK?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    78% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 51 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good for parents

    Is working as care workers and assistants at Care UK good if you have caring responsibilities?

    People say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    75% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 12 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do care workers and assistants at Care UK worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    79% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 52 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

What employees are saying about Care UK

  • Best thing

    Clean and tidy environment, well trained and led coo-workers and lovely people to care for

    Worst thing

    Comparison of work load plus ‘extra mile runs’ and pay to other job providers

    5.5

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    It is convenient to get to as it is just round the corner from where I live

    Worst thing

    Always work with minimum staff

    4.9

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    The residents I care for ..

    Worst thing

    Under staffed, residents not getting the care they pay for .

    5.5

    Employee, October 2021

  • Best thing

    Best thinks: I'm not working in rain or cold, I received an uniform, I have my meals assured.

    Worst thing

    Wors things: NOT properly paid, very low ( the lowest) paid, very hard physically job for such low paid, very long shifts- 12 hours/ day

    2.7

    Employee, October 2021