Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th August 2021Picture: Philip Magowan / Press Eye

A new pay and benefits packages undertaken by leading social care provider Praxis Care for its 1,800 employees has been praised and agreed by the GMB union.

The measures introduced by the provider, which operates in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man, include extending £500 COVID recognition payments to all staff as well as a new phone-based rota management system, training programmes and fully funded health care programme.

Praxis Care has also brought forward its annual pay increment by five months in recognition of the increasing cost of living that their employees and families are experiencing.

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Alan Perry, GMB Organiser, said: “Given the challenges that staff have faced over the past two years working through this pandemic this package of benefits shows a real commitment from Praxis Care to reward employees as well as making it more attractive to recruit new staff.”

Aidan Daly, Praxis Care HR and Corporate Services Director, (pictured right with Alan) said: “We want to acknowledge the sacrifices and dedication of our staff and the immense effort they put into their work to support individuals, directly or indirectly, every day, particularly during the course of the pandemic.

“Praxis Care has put in place improved benefits for staff across all jurisdictions to improve their wellbeing and support them as they undertake some of the most important work in society.” 

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