Introducing worker placements

We’re expanding the number of services we offer our customers – we’ll soon offer a Care Quality Commission-regulated service, that will run alongside our introductory agency.

As one of the most highly-rated and experienced carers we work with, we’d like to invite you to be one of the first carers able to access our worker placements.

This will give you more choice over the placements you can apply for – as well as more security, more pay and more support whenever you select a worker placement.

Standard placements

  • Self-employed 
  • Ultimate flexibility
  • Manage the care plan
  • Not CQC-regulated

Worker placements

  • Worker status 
  • Training and guidance
  • Pension, holiday and sick pay
  • CQC-regulated

Want to access worker placements?

Follow the link below to register your interest today. We’ll be in touch with more details soon.

What’s going to be on offer?

At the moment, all our carers are self-employed. This means we can only introduce you to families seeking care, with you directing all care provision within the home.

We recognise that many carers love this set-up, so we’ll keep our introductory agency as well. But, if you would like to explore worker status with us – in addition to your self-employed status — you now have that option.

Once we introduce Elder’s worker model (which will run alongside our self-employed model), you will be able to view more placements, remaining in control by only accepting placements that best suit your availability and preferences.

In other words, you could be self-employed on one placement and a worker on the next. It’s completely up to you.

While on regulated placements, we’d file income tax and National Insurance contributions. We’d also support you with holiday and sick pay – alongside opportunities to expand your skillset.

Once qualified, worker placements allow you to use a broader range of skills that you’re not able to perform on standard placements.

Standard placements explained

Standard placements, where you and your client develop the care plan together, aren’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to apply to all the placements you can today.

The only thing that’ll change is that you’ll have the option of applying for worker placements too. There are certain things to remember about standard placements:

The freedom of self-employment

You get to choose when and where you want to work. If you don’t want to work, you don’t have to.

More limited training and support

We’re always here for you but have limited ability to offer training or on-site guidance.

Work directly with the family

You’ll get to work more directly with the family, developing the care plan together.

Responsibility for tax and National Insurance

As with other self-employed people, you’re responsible for completing your tax return.

No holiday or sick pay

As you’re not directly employed by us, you’re not legally entitled to holiday or sick pay.

Slightly lower pay

Although still competitive, standard placements offer up to 10% less than the new worker placements.

Worker placements explained

With the new worker placements, we’ll work with you to develop a care plan. Then a Care Manager will support you in managing care.

These placements will be regulated by the Care Quality Commission and you’ll be a worker for Elder. You’ll no longer be self-employed when you’re carrying out worker placements. This has certain benefits:

Improved job security with worker status

Get rights closer to those of normal employees.

Boost your finances with a pension and better pay

You’ll earn up to 10% more than on standard placements.

Less paperwork – we’ll manage your payroll

Don’t worry about admin. We’ll manage tax and National Insurance.

Training and guidance to help you develop

We’ll provide you with comprehensive support and free training.

Take time off with paid holiday

Take a well-earned rest, with holiday pay pro-rated to the days you work.*

More comprehensive support when you need it

We’ll be proactive in checking in with you. Supporting on any difficulties.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Want to access worker placements?

Follow the link below to register your interest today. We’ll be in touch with more details soon.


More information on worker status

Worker status is a specific term used by the Government. It’s generally used in sectors where both employers and workers need to be as flexible as possible. It’s widely used in social care. You can find out more information on worker status here.

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