Cons: low wage, low mileage that doesnt cover travelling costs, vague wage slips with no information on, taxed on very little, no tax codes, do not get paid for training unless you have been there three months, long hours of work, ie work 10 hours to earn 7hrs pay
I worked for Carewatch last month and only for a month, Firstly the rate of pay advertised was completely and lower than advertised when i actually started working for them, much lower, the mileage too is pityfull as most of it is your responsibility to claim back at the end of the tax year.
I took on this role although over qualified to introduce myself into working again after being a long term carer and also as a disabled worker to regain self respect and to contribute to my local community. My reason for leaving carewatch was i was unhappy with being placed in a situation where i was expected to singulary lift a heavey lady out of a chair to a standing position. I did this twice as the lady needed the toilet and i felt i couldnt just say no. I asked if this is what carers did for her and she stated it was. Now i am a disabled person who can not lift as well as it is against the law for workers to do this. I followed procedures and informed my manager to be told "i will sort it". I had injured my back and was unable to work the following day ( absolutely genuine) but adding this to my list i used my next two days off (rotared) to find immediate employment elsewhere, which i successfully did.
I have been emailing back and forth to inquire to where my wages and mileage are but to no avail as yet !
This company falls into so many breaches of Safe guarding adults which i shall not disclose on here i am ashamed to say i was a member of staff of theirs.
You attend a weeks training at the start which you do not get paid for unless you work for more than three months, you have to – more... pay for your CRB so i advise anyone who does decide to leave to ask for their copy to be returned to them to use in seeking immediate employment elsewhere thus saving time and cost when starting a new position. You only get paid for hours worked whilst with a client and not for time travelling to and from the client so you might have to theoretically work 10 hours but only get paid for 8 depending if they are linked to one after the other. I worked a 14 hour day with breaks between visits totalling 3 hrs for 8 hours pay. If your first call is your only call you have to pay your own mileage, so if you have a few in a day it adds up. My mileage was 90 miles one week and 30 of them had to be paid for by me out of a pocket that was empty already.
I am at the stage of reporting them to the relevant bodies as this is outrageous practice and does not respect or take into consideration the staff that work for them. They say they have a high turnover of staff and now i see why. Others might be happy to walk away but i know my rights and of the law and am prepared to "whistle blow" if necessary. Carewatch is a buisness foremost and a profitable company who local authorities and families trust their most vulnerable with, the staff work hard and i mean hard but treating people the way they do has to stop !! – less