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Rates of pay??
Tilleymint Offline
#1 Posted : 18 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Hi,
Could anyone tell me the "going rate" of pay for First Aiders and First Responders?? I have been offered a job as an on site First Responder but am sure that the hourly rate is on the low side.

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#2 Posted : 18 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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well as the bottom line for both of these roles is nothing then to be legal the next rate of pay is the minimum wage.  Although some even get round that one, buy paying you for an "attendance". Anything above that has to be a bonus.

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#3 Posted : 18 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Speckles is right  even so put a little blunt but done well.  I would be worth noting that  you should also get 4 weeks paid holiday a year but a lot don't.  Some will say they pay  this as part of the hourly rate , but that s not allowed  in law.



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#4 Posted : 18 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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I agree with Speckles.  They have to have first aid cover by law but as far as many are concerned its a cost that they could do without so 'lip service' is paid by having a 'first aider' for as cheaply as they can get away with it.  Annual leave? - what's that?  How can they 'manage' the site without their first aider?
This is a generalisation so you will find good some 'good' employers but even they will not pay more than they have to.

 
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#5 Posted : 20 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Hourly rate.......whats that? All our FA's do FA in addition to there "normal" full time job here........we get a whole £8.50 before tax a month for doing the FA bit. Very%20Angry
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#6 Posted : 20 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Glennjo, I would take £8.50 a month. Try working in the leisure and hospitality industry. Its just expected that you are a First Aider, as well as opting out of the working time directive, salaried contracts so you get paid the same for a 40 or 100 hour week. But you know what I enjoy the industry, probably coz of the people in it. We all have a choice at the end off the day. 
Sorry that went completely off track!!
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#7 Posted : 21 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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A number of industries pay those who volunteer to be the FAW first aider for the firm a rate of £100 a year - usually marked-up as a bonus. They tend to see only what has happened retrospectively, such as the odd cut finger or sprained ankle. What they don't consider is the possibility of that first aider having to deal effectively with a major injury or medical emergency, and minimising a litigation claim against the firm. In reality a fair and realistic rate for being on stand-by as the first aider should be an extra £25 per month after tax. For the first aider there is an incentive to maintain their knowledge, and for the firm it is 100% tax deductable.

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#8 Posted : 21 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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forbesy, I'm salaried and contracted to work x hours per week as my main job. I also "volunteered" to do FA duties many years ago to which I receive an extra £8.50 monthly allowance for. This £8.50 to the best of my knowledge has never been reveiwed or increased in line with inflation. I dont do FA for the money, I do it because I care and find it rewarding.
 

That said, I do feel at times undervalued and would welcome an increase in the monthly allowance - how much I simply dont know. Is £8.50 a month a fair amount for taking on the responsibility of trying to save someones life in a worst case senario? I know you cannot put a realistic value on this aspect. At the other end of the scale, FA is sometimes about just giving out a plaster.

 

As iestyn001 mentioned, I would agree that £25.00 is a more realistic figure. Maybe as an idea this amount could be reviewed say when a person renews their certificate and I know this would require a national enforcement, and employer co-operation, contracts etc. etc.

 

 
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#9 Posted : 21 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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I agree with all you said glennjo, feeling under valved is the main part for me too. And that is not always about money. It would be great to have something in place nationally to pay first aiders in the workplace. iestyn makes a great point in what might happen and the consequences of dealing with a major injury. All I know is if I went to the manager of the hotel I work in and asked for money to be a first aider i would be laughed at! As with most busineses im sure, if it doesnt make money then it doesnt happen.
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#10 Posted : 23 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Hello,


Here in North Scotland I pay my 'ad hoc' first aiders normally £8 p h.


Hope this helps. Smile
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#11 Posted : 23 February 2008 00:00:00(UTC)
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Docdeth: Is that before or after tax and NI and waht about holiday pay. mediaid2008-02-23 20:57:28
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