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One Workforce . Ben Thomas National Officer Education and Children’s Services Unit. Background. UNISON Largest union across children’s workforce representing over 350,000 staff.

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one workforce
One Workforce

Ben Thomas

National Officer

Education and Children’s Services Unit

background
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.
why quality matters
Why Quality Matters

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

pay and professionalism
Pay and Professionalism
  • Clear discrepancies in pay rates
  • Barrier to integrated working
  • Differences in professional status
  • Link to recruitment and retention
low pay
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%
pay and quality staff
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
issues going forward
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?
details
Details
  • www.unison.co.uk

b.thomas@unison.co.uk

  • UNISON
  • 1 Mabledon Place
  • London
  • WC1H 9AJ
  • UK