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Private carers are usually committed to their work and get a great deal of satisfaction from helping others and knowing they can make a difference in their lives. They typically enjoy meeting new people along the way. When an individual's working as a carer, it is clear that these will not be the only aspect that would influence their decision to undertake a caring role. It is important for the carer to be aware of the pay and ensure that the amount provided is sufficient enough to financially support your daily life.

The average pay of a carer can depend on a variety of factors such as the type of care you need to provide, whether it is live-in or live-out, and the geographical location. Private home care rates will continue to be provided on a ‘time and task’ basis, rather than health and care outcomes.

Particularly if you are with care agency, many of the private carers rates are on average around £12-15 an hour. At Guardian Carers, live-in care roles can range from £100 - 140 per day, but this could depend on the complexity of the role. Overnight private carers can earn between £15 - £20 per hour. Guardian carers can provide you with any advice you need and search for the care job that fits your financial requirements.

However, in order to meet the requirements of the national living wage, social care providers have to hold down the overall pay bill in other ways. A huge amount of the workforce is now paid at or around the minimum level, and the difference in pay between carers with less than 1 year experience and those with more than 20 years experience has reduced to £0.15 an hour.

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