Travel time between caring jobs can be a large part of the employee's working day and not being paid can mean that they are not receiving the minimum wage. It would be interesting to see how those in other roles would accept their work travel not being considered as working time. It often seems to be those closest to minimum wage that lose out.
Most councils in England and Wales are failing to ensure home care workers are paid the national minimum wage, figures obtained by the Unison union suggest. It says freedom of information figures show just 6% of local authorities make it a contractual condition for care providers to pay workers' travel time. Non-payment of travel time means many are not paid the minimum wage of £6.50 an hour, Unison says. Councils say stipulating that providers pay for travel time is unnecessary. It is common practice for carers to be paid for the time they spend in an elderly person's home, but not for the time they spend in their car travelling between clients. The time taken travelling can take up to 30% of a carer's shift, according to Unison.