Medirest, the healthcare division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has announced that it will be paying all its healthcare frontline employees, who support the NHS, the equivalent NHS Agenda for Change rate of pay.
Employees will see on average a five per cent increase in pay bringing them in line with NHS colleagues doing similar jobs.
Medirest operates at 20 NHS Trusts across the country providing a range of vital support services including catering, cleaning, portering and security. This change will benefit over 2,200 employees now receiving aligned basic rates of pay, where Agenda for Change, a National Health Service grading and pay system for NHS staff, is currently not in place.
The uplifted pay, which will be fully funded by Medirest will be implemented from 1 June 2020.
In addition to the increased pay, Medirest sickness entitlement is also being improved.
Steven Cenci, Managing Director for Medirest said: “Our people are at the heart of all that we do. We want our colleagues to feel as valued as the NHS staff they work alongside. This new pay award recognises the exceptional work and the contribution our healthcare heroes are making at the hospitals in which they work.
“Over recent weeks our teams have shown extraordinary professionalism and commitment to their roles. We are incredibly proud of the work they have done to support the hospitals and communities in which they work.”
Medirest has already implemented other new measures, including awarding a six-week bonus payment to those healthcare frontline employees and their supervisors who have supported the national effort against Covid-19. During this time, employees were also provided with additional financial assistance, access to emotional and mental health support, 7,500 complimentary essentials food boxes and other care packages too.
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