Tory MSP: “Why work in welfare when Asda shares the degree?” –

Tory MSP: “Why work in welfare when Asda shares the degree?”  –

A conservative politician wondered why young Scots might want to work in welfare when they could stack shelves and “get paid to graduate” for a higher hourly wage at Asda.

Dr Sandesh Gulhane, Conservative in Glasgow, MSP, said he was drawn to medicine because of the job satisfaction it offers, but that this alone will not be enough to lure people into a “challenging” role where salaries and career advancement are scarce.

The GMB has called for increases of at least £ 15 per hour for assistants and eligible increases for other roles, saying the planned £ 10.50 increase will not go far enough to cope with current staff with rising inflation and energy bills.

A recent report from Audit Scotland found that three-quarters of social care staff left within three months of starting work.

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Scottish Care CEO Donald Macaskill criticized Interior Minister Priti Patel’s “unnecessary” comments, describing care as “low-skilled” work.

Dr Gülhane said: “Why should a young person be treated when it is so difficult?”

Donald (Dr Macaskill) says they can go to Aldi and earn £ 10.10 an hour?

“Much less is earned by working more in social services.

“Initially I could work at Asda and get a similar salary, but there is the possibility of graduating … and many people do. You start stacking the shelves and become a top executive earning hundreds of thousands of pounds.

“I’m a doctor because of the rewarding nature of the job, but when it comes to people receiving care, I’m not sure it’s enough.

“We shouldn’t just reward them, but also give them some sort of career. “Back to my point of view on Asda, where they pay you to get a degree while you work.

“We should have this clear career progression.”

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Responding to the politician, Annie Gunner Logan, chief executive of the Care and Support Providers Coalition in Scotland, said she broadly agreed with his comments, but said it was important to acknowledge the contribution of older workers.

“It’s not just about teens and teenagers,” he said.

“We also need to make sure we don’t lay off the older workforce, because they might not be looking for that kind of opportunity to get a degree.

“The difference between stacking shelves and working as a social worker is like night and day because of the rewards, the sense of accomplishment, the purpose.

“But if you are a teenager who wants to pay the bills, there is no doubt that in the short term you will get better pay elsewhere.”

He said at a meeting of the Health and Sports Committee that it was important to accept the Scottish Government’s recent pay hikes, but said it only affected people with the lowest pay levels.

“My view is that the way wage increases are implemented creates problems in the future because all it focuses on is the lowest pay. It does not take into account differences and career advancement.

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“Looking at the salary hike in April, there seems to be a question mark about financing the increase in social security premiums. We are in a very difficult situation from this point of view.

Dr Macaskill said poor perceptions of work are partly responsible for recruiting problems.

He said: “We saw it during the pandemic. It took eight weeks before we started cheering on the caregivers, not just the NHS. It took weeks for supermarkets to start recognizing and prioritizing social care staff as important as NHS staff.

“People underestimate how difficult the role of care is.

“Highly technical and professional work. Politicians who describe him as unqualified, such as the interior minister, do not help him.

“It’s not a low-skilled job and I suspect we know some people get pulled out because they think it’s easy.

“It is physically demanding, emotionally and psychologically demanding. People apply, and the authenticity of the questions and awards takes time.

Source: Herald Scotland