In Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire self-employed carers tend to charge between £14-£18 per hour depending on experience. If you take the average as £16 per hour, it will cost approximately £12,500 per year if you have a carer for 15 hours a week.
An introductory agency, such as TrustonTap, will introduce you to carers in your area for a small commission which is included in the carer’s hourly rate. The advantages of using TrustonTap rather than going directly to a carer is that you can be reassured that TrustonTap has done all the necessary checks and references to ensure the carer has the experience, valid training certificates and is DBS checked and keeps this up to date. Carers on TrustonTap’s platform are very experienced, compassionate and reliable. They know that clients can leave feedback on the platform about them and this helps ensure they continue to deliver high-quality care.
Although someone might interview very well, it is sometimes not until they begin work that it becomes clear whether the relationship is going to work. TrustonTap is on hand in case of any difficulties. TrustonTap also get to know you and your requirements so can help if your carer goes on holiday or is taken ill.
TrustonTap is very supportive of carers and the vital work they do. We ensure that our commission rate is kept very low so that 80% of what you pay goes to the self-employed carer. Most TrustonTap carers earn 50% more than they would if they worked for a traditional care agency, allowing us to be much more selective when we enlist carers on the platform.
You may also find it helpful to see our article ‘Where to Start? A short guide to care’