How the aged care sector is hungry for new workers

With Australia’s ageing population, increased life expectancy and longevity, there are growing demands for aged care in our nation.

In fact, a career in aged care will be a long one as the needs of our ageing population are likely to catapult the number of trained workers to high levels.

According to McCrindle Research, in the next 30 years Australia will see an unprecedented rate of growth of the over 85’s in our nation.

In 2044, there will be 1.2 million more people aged over 85 than there are today, and the average older Australian will live five years longer than today, which equates to adding six million more years of care just for the increased number of over 85’s and just to manage their increased life expectancy.

A recent blog article of ours suggested that along with an increasing number of older Australians, more  seniors are seeking to stay at home for as long as possible.

Job search website Adzuna says the number of aged care job vacancies has more than doubled Australia-wide year on year, while the number of searches for aged care jobs has increased by 150 per cent year on year.

Despite this, there is still four times the number of aged care jobs than there are aged care job seekers. The CEO of Adzuna Australia, Raife Watson says: “we have known for some time that Australia is ageing, and while right now the impact on the economy is minimal on the surface, we are starting to see changes to demand and supply of jobs and job seekers in some industries, especially in aged care, but also healthcare in general.”

In an encouraging sign, the Australian government have taken the first step in supporting the aged care workforce by introducing a funding scheme for those who want to upskill, encouraging employees already in the workforce to stay loyal to the industry.

Raife says: “This is a great strategy which will help develop and maintain a high level of skill in the aged care workforce, but there needs to be a stronger focus on encouraging those entering the job market to consider a career in aged care, otherwise demand for workers simply won’t be met.”

“There has never been a better time to investigate options as an aged care worker in the Sydney home care field. Aged care workers make a valuable contribution to the daily lives of thousands of older people all across Australia.”

Oxley Home Care regularly lists current vacancies online, as does Care Careers and Qualified Carers.

Go to the My Aged Care website for more information on working in the aged care sector. Courses are available through TAFE or online through Open Colleges.

Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family owned Sydney company and is an Approved Government Provider for aged care services, specialising in Dementia Care. Oxley Home Care also provides Private Care, Home Care, Nursing and Allied Health to enable people to live a quality life independently in their own home and stay connected to their local community.

If you’d like further information, please don’t hesitate to call Oxley Home Care on 1300 993 591.

Gilian Douglass

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