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Bluebird Care is the UK’s largest provider of privately-funded Homecare, supplying a range of services to vulnerable people in their own homes.

High demand for our services means that we have many opportunities for foreign nationals, particularly from English-speaking countries, such as South Africa, who have British Passports or British Ancestry Visas, to come to the UK for work on a periodic or even permanent basis as Live-in Care Assistants (please note that we do not offer sponsorship or assistance in obtaining work visas).

For those who seek employment in the UK but still wish to retain close ties to family and friends in their home country, Live-in Care can work very well for them.
  • Live-in Care Assistants live in the homes of their customers, who provide for their accommodation and meals - thus their day-to-day living expenses are very low, enabling them to send or take a high proportion of their earnings back home with them
  • Placements vary from one week to several months, though most Live-in Carers typically work on a rotational basis (for example 1 month on/2 weeks off), which works well for those wishing to work solidly for several weeks at a time whilst in the UK in order to maximise their earnings
Live-in Carer duties
  • Every customer will have a personalised care plan tailored to them: this will include assistance with personal care and hygiene, food prep, medication, shopping, housework and social support
  • Working hours are typically 8 hours per day, though may be higher in the case of Complex/High Dependency packages (which attract a premium rate of pay); all Live-in Carers are afforded daily 2-hour breaks (covered by the local Domiciliary Care Team where their customer cannot be left unattended)
  • If regular night support is required, this will be provided by a second carer; Live-in Carers are not required to be regularly on-call throughout the night (though may be expected to assist on occasion) but are generally expected to be able to retire once their customer is settled so they are able to rest themselves
It is important to understand that our Live-in Care Assistants are employed directly by Bluebird Care and we undertake all Employer's obligations regarding tax, insurance and training. As our employees, they also benefit from support and regular visits from a designated Live-in Care Supervisor never more than a few miles away. These are not isolated postings.

Candidate requirements
  • It would be advantageous to have some experience of Care Work in your home country; this could be by paid work in the health sector, for example as a nurse, or as result of providing care for a family member or friend
  • It is essential however that you are able to communicate in clear English with someone who may be confused or hard-of-hearing
  • You must be able to come cleanly through an enhanced UK and/or International DBS (criminal record) screening
  • Your efforts will be very important to those for whom you Care: more than anything you must be patient, empathetic, calm and conscientious. This is extremely satisfying work for the right kind of person.
South African Recruitment Agent, Carol Mann

If you would like to apply to work in the UK as a Live-in Care Assistant with Bluebird Care, please send your CV with a covering letter to our South African agent, Carol Mann, at carolmann@mweb.co.za.