Many rest homes rely heavily on migrant workers but Government’s new immigration policies are trying to encourage providers to employ more New Zealanders as caregivers. The problem is, Kiwis are not lining up for the jobs. JUDE BARBACK reports.
The home and community support services (HCSS) sector is on the edge of crisis as it becomes clear that some businesses will need to close, services cut and redundancies made following the Government’s failure to deliver on its promise to fully fund both the pay equity settlement and the implementation of guaranteed hours. By JUDE BARBACK.
Combining an Apprenticeship in Brain Injury Rehabilitation with her experience in Spinal Cord Injury seemed like natural progression for veteran health worker Sally Brown.
Residential aged care providers are feeling “horror and disgust” as they learn that the Government’s pay equity funding won’t cover their costs, leaving many facilities with no choice but to consider redundancies and closure.
The July 1 deadline is looming ever closer as pay equity legislation is rushed through, Workforce Transition Tools need completing, information sessions are on offer and ratification meetings are held.
The number of registered nurses working in aged care facilities has increased significantly since 2011 and is "more than keeping pace" with New Zealand’s growing need for dementia, hospital and psychogeriatric care. However, could the impact of the equal pay settlement deter RNs from entering aged care nursing?
The Government's pay rise for caregivers can't come fast enough for New Zealand aged care workers, reveals new research.
Aged care providers are gearing up to voice their concerns over proposed changes to the immigration settings. Many providers rely heavily on the migrant workforce and are worried about the negative impact of what has been tabled by Minister for Immigration Michael Woodhouse.
Many in the aged care sector are concerned by the Government’s proposed changes to immigration settings. The announcement, coming hot on the heels of the pay equity settlement, spell disaster for many aged care providers who rely heavily on the migrant workforce.
INsite editor JUDE BARBACK reflects on what yesterday's pay equity settlement announcement means for the sectors involved.