As one the UK’s leading independent care providers with more than 80 homes across the country, Maria Mallaband has forged an improved approach to flexible working inviting prospective new permanent employees and bank colleagues to ‘consider hours that work for them’. A job that works for you!
This innovative offer has been designed to open up work in care homes for a far wider field of potential talent, enabling 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.
Our empowering approach heralds a move away from the traditional full-time and set shift patterns of the past, to optional set weekly hours, part time contracts, and flexible bank opportunities, as well as flexible contracted hours.
Contracts can range from zero hours, up to 40 hours per week. The scheme, being piloted nationally for new hires across England, will mean candidates can come to the recruitment process with the hours they want to work in mind, and each home will work to accommodate them if possible.
In addition, we are looking to expand its roster of bank employees, giving them complete flexibility to pick up shift’s week by week, whilst still gaining from the same full package of benefits as employees with contracted hours. This is being rolled out across all MMCG homes.
Laura Finlay, Group Head of Talent Acquisition at Maria Mallaband Care Group 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.”
The attractive package of benefits at MMCG includes a welcome bonus of up to £1500 for some homes, and a ‘refer a friend’ scheme which could see recipients gaining up to £1500, along with EarlyPay, which gives staff the option to access some of their salary ahead of payday.
Colleagues can also take advantage of a Simply Healthcare scheme, which includes a wellbeing package, and pension plan enrolment. There is the Cycle 2 Work and Fuel & Go Car Lease Scheme, both available through salary sacrifice. In addition, MMCG team members can access a range of discounts and free monthly offers for a variety of high street shops and restaurants.
Fully funded training support and development opportunities are open to all employees, and there are rewards for years of service and annual staff recognition through MMCG Care Awards, along with a social events calendar. MMCG also covers the annual Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration fee for nurses among the team (subject to conditions being met).
Laura Finlay added:
“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.”