Home Helpers in Andalucia Get Well-Deserved Pay Rise

Rocio Ruiz praised home helpers. Image: Junta de Andalucia

Home Helpers in Andalucia are getting a well-deserved pay rise in 300 municipalities with hourly wages now set at €14.60.

THE Ministry of Equality, Social Policies and Conciliation said the increase will benefit 32,000 people, mostly women, since their hourly rate was frozen since 2007.

Councillor Rocio Ruiz praised the workers for making it “possible for dependent people to have the best care without giving up on continuing to live at home.”

“In this Ministry we always have our sights set on improving the service, the quality of life of its users and the recognition of the people who provide it. Although they are essential to maintain the welfare system in Andalucia, these workers have been the great forgotten for years, and now we are giving them the place they deserve,” she said.

In Andalucia, 46 per cent of all dependent people have access to home help. Currently, there are 109,357 people served through this home help, 8,308 more than at the end of 2020. Andalucia also represents 41 per cent of the total home help benefits nationwide.

“Although the management of the home help service corresponds to local entities and provincial councils, from the Ministry of Equality we anticipate to give a quick, clear and forceful response to possible incidents that may arise in this exceptional period,” said Ruiz.

“These are the first steps, but we are going to continue advancing in economic and labour terms because in this government we are complying. The health crisis has shown us more than ever that people are irreplaceable and that is something that has been seen very clearly in the field of care,” she added.

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