Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Childcare workers - Underpaid

One in eight childcare workers in England earn less than £5 an hour, according to new research. 

The average wage in the sector is £7.42 – less than the minimum wage and significantly below the average pay for female workers at £11.37 and £12.57 for the total population – and jobs are seen as low status.

Staff turnover is high at 13%, with one in six leaving their posts within a year, and 37% quitting within two years. The report also highlights a lack of training opportunities for those who enter the workforce, which is 96% female, with just 17% of early years workers in receipt of job-related training. Workload is high and the job carries considerable responsibility – more than one in 10 (11%) full-time early years workers reported working more than 42 hours per week, compared to 3% of retail workers.

Steven Cooper, interim co-chair of the Social Mobility Commission, said,  “We must do everything we can to ensure that childminders and nursery workers are valued more by ensuring we pay them a decent wage, give them a proper career structure and ensure their workload is reasonable.”

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