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Mature age workers’ intention to leave aged care. G Lewin , S Austen, T Jefferson, R Ong and R Sharp. Background. Population ageing threatens labour supply Need to encourage workforce participation at all ages Women workers 45+ missing in analyses A growing demographic

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Mature age workers intention to leave aged care

Mature age workers’intention to leave aged care

G Lewin, S Austen,T Jefferson, R Ong and R Sharp


Background

Background

  • Population ageing threatens labour supply

  • Need to encourage workforce participation at all ages

  • Women workers 45+ missing in analyses

  • A growing demographic

  • Potential to increase participation

  • Need to understand their employment decisions

  • Aged care workers a case study

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Research objectives

Research Objectives

  • What are the key factors influencing older womens’ decisions to maintain or leave employment in the aged care sector?

  • How do mature age womens’ paid and unpaid roles and circumstances interact to determine their ability/willingness to remain in paid work in the aged care sector?

  • What are the implications for policy on the retention of mature age women in Australia’s aged care sector?

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Study phases

Study Phases

Phase 1: Analysis of HILDA data in relation to older womens’ employment transitions

Phase 2: Survey of older women in aged care re. employment plans

Phase 3: Re-survey same workers 12 months later

Phase 4: Conduct interviews with diverse sample of workers

Phase 5: Analyse data and use to refine economic models of employment decision making

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Survey method

Survey Method

  • Survey based on UK “NEXT” survey of nurses

  • Long, so professionally designed

  • 19 Aged Care providers recruited

  • 6867 surveys sent to direct care workers 45+

  • Year 1, 2850 paper surveys completed (+ 1095 electronic)

  • Year 2, 2349 surveys completed (2138 stayers, 211 leavers)

  • 989 in year 2 had not responded in year 1

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Survey 1 respondent ages

Survey 1 Respondent Ages

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Survey respondents demographics

Survey Respondents – Demographics

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Thinking of leaving

Thinking of Leaving

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Main reasons thinking of leaving surveys 1 2

Main Reasons Thinking of Leaving - surveys 1+2

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Physical workability and health

Physical workability and Health

%age with good/v.good ability to cope with physical demands

Self-Rated Health

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Physical workability and age

Physical Workability and Age

%age with good/v.good ability to cope with physical demands

Age

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Level of pay satisfaction

Level of Pay Satisfaction

Survey 2

Survey 1

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Pay satisfaction and thoughts of leaving

Pay satisfaction and Thoughts of leaving

Survey 2

Survey 1

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Sources of pay dissatisfaction

Sources of pay dissatisfaction

Percentage not at all satisfied with pay when asked to consider:

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Survey 2 leavers factors important

Survey 2 Leavers- Factors important

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Stayers most positive changes to working conditions in last 12 months

Stayers: most positive changes to working conditions in last 12 months

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Leavers would any changes have encouraged you to stay yes 50 8

Leavers –would any changes have encouraged you to stay? ‘Yes’ - 50.8%

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Leavers some quotes

Leavers – some quotes

More staff, better equipment

‘An extra staff member on night shift ……’

‘Ratio of patients, clients, residents per nurse needs to be reviewed..’

‘Proprietors should be required to put money - a certain amount back into the facility to maintain and update equipment’

‘If the management was patient until my health condition was rectified…’

‘If I had been given the opportunity to do office work after worker’s comp…..’

Greater role flexibility

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Summary

Summary

“Work is very physical, mentally demanding and not paid well. If the changes are made in this area would be more good carers” – Survey respondent

  • Issue is multifaceted

  • Potential strategies include: investing in better equipment, improved staff ratios, opportunities for less demanding work when illness or injury occurs, recruiting workers to be fit and healthy; and, increasing wages.

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

  • My research colleagues for inviting me on the team

  • ARC for their Discovery Grant Funding

  • Aged Care Providers for agreeing to send out surveys

  • ANF for hosting electronic survey and advertising to members

  • Survey respondents and interviewees

Mature Age Workers’ intention to leave aged care


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