70 care worker jobs up for grabs at Derbyshire County Council

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Derbyshire County Council is trying to recruit 70 care workers – with no zero hour contracts and extra mileage paid for those who have to travel from further afield.

Current care workers are fronting a campaign to encourage new recruits to sign up and join its workforce.

The council says the jobs would suit those returning to work after having children, young people over the age of 18, or those who have retired but aren’t yet ready to give up work.

There are vacancies in Bakewell, Ashbourne, Darley Dale and the Hope Valley, plus surrounding villages and other areas.

Cabinet member for adult care Councillor Jean Wharmby said the work is “incredibly rewarding”.

Lynsey Arthur, 30, from Clowne is a care worker for Derbyshire County Council.

Lynsey Arthur, 30, from Clowne is a care worker for Derbyshire County Council.

She said: “I never cease to be amazed by the inspirational work our care staff do every day to make a difference to the lives of older and disabled people in Derbyshire.

“There are lots of myths about care work, including that it’s only about personal care or that it’s badly paid or unsatisfying. Or that the people who do it only do it because there’s nothing else.

“But that’s not the case at all. It’s incredibly rewarding work and if you’re employed by Derbyshire County Council you get good pay and conditions, excellent holidays and a good pension.

“But don’t take it from me, take it from the people who know – the people who do the job every day and love it.”

The job is paid above the National Living Wage, which is £7.50 per hour for over-25s, and also offers the following advantages:

• Five weeks holiday and eight bank holidays a year – pro rata. After five years, staff get an extra five days pro rata.

• Extra pay for unsocial hours, when working after 7pm or before 7am

• Extra pay for working on a bank holiday

• Mileage allowance – including increased payments for care staff who work in rural areas and have further to travel.

• No zero hours contracts

Derbyshire County Council are running a marketing campaign to get more care workers on board.

Derbyshire County Council are running a marketing campaign to get more care workers on board.

The council employs about 1,000 care staff in a variety of roles helping people in their own homes, the council’s residential homes, and specialist dementia centres and day centres.

Those who are interested in applying for the positions are advised to meet staff and find out more at the Derbyshire Skills Festival – slated as “the country’s biggest careers event for young people”.

The event takes place in two locations – the Roundhouse in Derby in September, on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21, and the Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield on Thursday, September 14.