Question: What kind of work is it?
Answer: People recruit Personal Assistants to assist them with all aspects of daily life. This can include:
Domestic tasks - Preparing meals, housework, laundry
Personal care - Dressing, bathing, feeding, toileting
Social and Community - Escorting on outings, accessing community facilities, participating in activities with clients
Child Care - Caring for a disabled child, engaging in activities with the child, personal care, escorting to and from school
Errands - Shopping, collecting prescriptions, driving
Administrative - Assisting with paperwork or correspondence
Sitting Service - Supervising a service user while their regular carer takes a break
Question: Who is my employer?
Answer: Your employer is the person you will be assisting. You may work for more than one employer via the PA Register. Terms and conditions of your employment are a matter for negotiation between the Personal Assistant and the employer.
Question: How many hours will I have to work?
Answer: Your hours of work will be agreed with your employer. Some roles may only be for a few hours per week, and some may be full time. We will match your availability with the needs of our clients. Once you have begun working for an employer, any change to your working hours must be negotiated directly between yourself and your employer.
Question: How will I be paid?
Answer: You will be paid directly by your employer either by bank transfer or personal cheque. You will be paid monthly in arrears. Your rate of pay will be agreed by your employer, and you will receive a payslip every time you are paid. Tax and National Insurance contributions will be deducted from your pay if necessary, and you will be entitled to the statutory amount of paid annual leave.
Question: What is a DBS check?
Answer: You may be required by a client to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check, which would be paid for by the client. A DBS Disclosure is a security check which reveals if a candidate has ever had a conviction with the police. This is recommended to check the background of candidates who work with vulnerable adults or children. A conviction on a DBS would not necessarily prevent a person from doing this kind of work, but it is important to reveal this information to prospective employers.
Question: What training will I have to do?
Answer: Additional training may be required to deal with a client's individual needs. The Disability Resource Centre may be able to provide training, or advise you of relevant courses available in this area. If you feel that you would benefit from additional training to enhance your skills we would support you in finding the right courses.