Independent provider Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) is piloting flexible working for new hires to its care home business across England.
MMCG, which operates over 80 homes, is inviting prospective new permanent employees and bank colleagues alike to ‘consider hours that work for them’.
The offer is designed to enable those with young children or other caring responsibilities, students, or people with second jobs, to take up roles in a way that suits them, whether they can only work school hours, night shifts, or just at weekends. Contracts range from zero to forty hours per week.
In addition, MMCG is looking to expand its roster of bank employees, giving them complete flexibility to pick up shifts week by week, while still benefitting from the same package of benefits as employees with contracted hours.
Laura Finlay, group head of talent acquisition at Maria Mallaband, said: “Our flexible working initiative has been designed to welcome even more people into jobs within the care sector.
“We recognised that jobs in care can be inaccessible for parents with young children, those with other work and life commitments, and people who may only be looking for a part-time position.
“So, we have put aside the traditional approach with all its limitations, and created our unique MMCG way, focussed on meeting the needs of our staff, so that they can fulfil their passion for caring for others, without compromising their other commitments.
“At MMCG our purpose is ‘to be a positive inspiration and influence for the people we work with, live with and support’ and that starts with our colleagues.
“They are the people who make our homes the welcoming, kind, safe, lively, and happy places they are, and by allowing them to work in a flexible way, we know that enables them to bring their best selves to work each day. That is great for them, for their colleagues, and most importantly for the people in their care.”