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Members in early years, schools, social care, play, careers, youth work, health, sports and leisure, probation and criminal justice. Why Quality Matters ...

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One Workforce

Ben Thomas

National Officer

Education and Children’s Services Unit


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Background

UNISON

  • Largest union across children’s workforce representing over 350,000 staff.

  • Members in early years, schools, social care, play, careers, youth work, health, sports and leisure, probation and criminal justice.


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Why Quality Matters

‘The quality of staff is the greatest single contributing factor to the quality of a child’s experience of childcare.’



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Pay and Professionalism

  • Clear discrepancies in pay rates

  • Barrier to integrated working

  • Differences in professional status

  • Link to recruitment and retention


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Low Pay

IDS Nursery Staff Survey 2009

  • Median Pay for Nursery Assistant in PVI setting £5.89 p/h

  • Median Pay for Nursery Nurse £6.37

  • National Minimum Wage £5.73 p/h

  • Staff Turnover rates of 18%


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Pay and Quality Staff

  • Pay is most significant factor in the low paid changing jobs

  • Pay has a direct link to quality of recruits

  • Pay is linked to the diversity of the workforce


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Issues Going Forward

  • National Workforce Partnership

  • Next Steps – a representative body?

  • Single Funding Formula

  • Wholly Qualified workforce by 2015

  • School Support Staff Negotiating Body

  • Change in Government?


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Details

  • www.unison.co.uk

    [email protected]

  • UNISON

  • 1 Mabledon Place

  • London

  • WC1H 9AJ

  • UK


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