William Eichler 17 January 2019

Early years workers ‘struggling financially'

Early years workers ‘struggling financially image

Childcare workers are struggling financially and many are forced to claim state benefits, an education think tank has found.

An analysis of the childcare workforce in England by the Education Policy Institute has revealed a picture of a sector under great strain.

It found that pay is low both in relative and absolute terms. The childcare workforce earned an average hourly pay of £8.20 in 2018 - around 40% less than the average female worker.

The analysis also found that 44.5% of childcare workers, who are predominantly female, claim state benefits or tax credits. This is more than in competing occupations, such as hairdressers and beauticians, as well as the female working population as a whole (34%).

The sector has suffered a pay reduction of nearly 5% in real terms since 2013. Real-terms pay decreases mean that childcare workers’ pay was virtually the same as that of hairdressers and beauticians.

The childcare sector is also struggling to recruit qualified carers, according to the EPI’s findings.

In 2018, 25.1% of the childcare workers had completed a degree, 36% A levels or equivalent, and 24.4% GCSEs or below. By contrast, around 93% of teachers have a degree or equivalent.

The EPI also discovered that employers were providing their carers with fewer opportunities for training.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Job Hub Lead (Regents Park)

Camden London Borough Council
£40,829 - £47,360 per annum
Exciting opportunity for someone experienced in supporting people into work to lead the development and delivery of a new neighbourhood Job Hub, in... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

ASC Occupational Therapist - Early Intervention Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Braintree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Director of Inclusive Growth and Public Sector Reform

West Midlands Combined Authority
£110,000
The role requires someone with a talent for innovation and a passion for designing and implementing public services. West Midlands Region
Recuriter: West Midlands Combined Authority

LA Clerk to Governors

North Yorkshire County Council
19,945 - £22,021 per annum pro rata
Looking for Clerks who will work closely with Governing Boards and further build on our reputation of excellence in... North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Occupational Therapist Adults Social Care - Early Intervention

Essex County Council
£30300 - £41425 per annum
Job PurposeECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine