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Jobs booming in this sector

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It’s something we have been talking about for a long time now – a jobs boom. The number of jobs being created in this sector is just staggering.

Job board giant SEEK’s latest report is headlined “Job growth boosted by community services and healthcare”. Not sure about about the career potential within disability, community and aged care?  This report is just what you need to read.

The report classifies the roles in our sector under “Community Services and Development”; the Australian Government lumps them into a larger category called “Healthcare”.

“Healthcare” is Australia’s biggest employer with just under 1 in 6 of the workforce. Remarkably, as the report confirms, it’s also the second-fastest growing. That means in pure number terms, more jobs are being created in healthcare than in any other sector.

Just how many jobs are being created?

According to the report the number of job ads in the category has risen by 49% in the space of a year.  The “key occupation driving growth in Community Services is Aged and Disability Support”.

The Productivity Commission forecasts that Australia may need almost one million aged care workers by 2050 if it is to meet the anticipated demand from ageing baby boomers.

And disability jobs are being boosted by the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Economists at Goldman Sachs estimate that around 50,000 jobs were created as a result of the NDIS in 2017, and another 100,000 may be expected by 2020.

As we said, these are staggering numbers. No other industry offers this kind of opportunity.

New directions or disruptions? Digital developments in our sector

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Under the NDIS and its driving principles of ‘choice and control’ for people with disability, new websites that directly connect workers and clients are springing up. A bit like Uber and Air B&B, they can offer both convenience and flexibility to all concerned. NDS was keen to understand what users made of them.

Late last year, we asked people on the carecareers job board to talk to NDS about whether they were doing freelance disability work through these platforms, and what their experience was like.

We are very grateful to those who responded. People’s insights were very interesting. Several people said that websites like this could be a handy way of finding extra hours of work for part-timers – hours that they weren’t able to get from their current employer.

They also felt flexibility and control were the main advantages. A parent, who had to look after children, said she could pick up a few hours here and there. Flexibility for clients was also commented on, for example, a client who only needs a carer for one hour on a Sunday. One interviewee found that it would work well for her, as she was working 15 hours a week and could do with some more hours. As put by another interviewee, ‘you’re only tied to the workload you want.’

Having more freedom to support clients in a person-centred way was another benefit. One person said: ‘it feels like actually working for that person and for that family – not having to follow strict rules and regulations of service organisations.’

However, several people felt that the platforms weren’t as easy to use as it seemed. Some said the sign-up questions were complex and uploading documents awkward. One person had ‘given up on platforms’ and found that they had more luck finding extra work through their own reputation, Facebook network and word-of-mouth.

They were also concerned about how accessible and safe the sites were for service-users. People were concerned about whether checks were done thoroughly, and some felt connecting with someone unknown through a website is ‘fraught with danger’.

Three interviewees spoke about the stability and protection of working for an organisation. As one interviewee said, ‘when working for company, you get a good roster, regular clients – you don’t necessarily have that when you’re a sole trader or working casually – if they don’t need you, you don’t get paid.’

This is a quickly changing field. NDS will continue to monitor how the digital world of disability evolves over time.

If you have any comments or questions please contact;
Caroline Alcorso on 0422 457 002

National Disability Services (NDS)

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Disability work websites come in all shapes and sizes. But there are two main types:

1. Matching platforms, like Hireup, Better Caring, Home Care Heroes and Care Support Network (we identified ten). These let people with disability connect with potential support workers, often on the basis of passion and interests as well as previous experience or qualifications.
2. Ratings sites or service directories, where people with disability can check out services and see reviews about them.

NEW! Let employers find you with People Search

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Introducing our NEW People Search – where employers can find you and offer you work.

If you’re familiar with carecareers, you’ll know that there are a lot of jobs up for grabs. But up until now, it has been down to you to find the right match.

Now all that has changed.  With the launch of People Search, if you complete a simple one-page profile, employers will be able to discover you.

 

Employers will be using People Search to match people with their current vacancies.

They know carecareers attracts many talented individuals who use us to advance their careers. People like you.

What’s the benefit to you?  Now, in addition to selecting jobs you are interested in, you can let employers tell you when they think you might suit a particular job.

So now you can increase your range of opportunities, and perhaps even be offered jobs you might not have thought of, all in a way that is entirely controlled by you.  You decide what goes into your profile and if you want to follow up employers’ interest. Your privacy is assured and you can turn your profile on or off at any stage.

It takes just a few minutes to set up your profile and getting started is easy. Just log into your Candidate hub, follow the simple instructions to complete or update your profile, then tick “Make my profile searchable” to be listed instantly.

Why not make your profile visible to potential employers today?

Questions? You’ll find answers and access to People Search here or you can contact the Career Centre on info@carecareers.com.au  or 1300 637 637.