Charity announces pay rise for staff during recruitment drive

The North East Autism Society has announced a 5 percent pay rise for its staff amid a major recruitment drive.

The above average pay increase for all staff at the Society, whose headquarters is based on the Drum Industrial Estate, will be backdated from beginning of May 2022, and comes as the charity continues an ambitious expansion of services.

It is looking to fill dozens of vacancies in caring roles.

Chief Executive, John Phillipson, stated: Over the past two years, we have opened two new schools on Teesside, while also increasing its support services across the North-East, and plans are in place for that growth to continue.

“Consequently, there are a host of new opportunities for rewarding careers in caring roles, with the five per cent pay rise making a career change more attractive.”

In an announcement to more than 1,000 employees, Mr Phillipson, said trustees had taken the “bold decision” to approve the pay rise, even though the scale of the increase will exceed the Society’s anticipated surplus for the year, and could lead to the charity drawing on its reserves.

However, the trustees agreed it was essential to do as much as possible to help staff cope with the cost-of-living crisis and to attract new recruits, while ensuring the long-term future of services wasn’t placed at risk.

There is a particular urgency to recruit nearly 50 Care Support Assistant positions in Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle, and Sunderland due to the expansion of new Independent Supported Living services across the region.

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Charity announces pay rise for staff during recruitment drive

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