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Elderly: Low salaries despite shortage of skilled workers


Elderly: Low salaries despite shortage of skilled workers

Despite increasing vacancy rates in the elderly, the income is low. Improvement is only for professionals in sight who specialize in and can sell well.

By Michael Bird

Germany, land of the ancients. 2.5 million in need of care, there are, according to the Institute of the German Economy in Cologne (IW Köln). Iin forty years will probably increase the number of people needing care to four million by demographic change, according to the forecast.

Demand for skilled workers in care for the elderly will rise

A challenge for society and labor market policy task. Because with the increasing numbers needing care also of the need for qualified carers will increase. According to the Federal Association of Private Social Service (bpa) - the advocacy of private nursing homes - come already three vacancies only job seekers aged care specialist.

"We have in the nursing skills shortages," says Johanna stick, instructor for the German Professional Association of Nursing (DBfK). "Vacancies are no longer even reported to the Federal Employment Agency because employers always have little hope of being able to occupy in this way."

Almost every social station feels lack of elderly caregivers

Unemployed nurses are often unemployable because they have health problems, for example, or are a single parent. Conversely, this means: "Those looking for a job in the elderly, often have to send any application in advance, just call and an adjustment may then fail at most of miserable school marks.."

The IW Köln leaving citing the Caritas, one of the major carriers in the elderly, the skills shortage still be something plastic: Accordingly, gave in a survey among more than 900 institutions for the year 2010/11 almost 80 percent of welfare centers and almost as many facilities on the care of older people to feel the shortage of skilled workers. In the short-term care every second device is affected.

Share of private carriers in the elderly increases

In the elderly, many newcomers are active, the training is the same for all states only since 2000th Currently, work according to the IW Köln 970,000 employees in elderly care. Since there are many part-time employees, this number corresponds to 680,000 full-time positions - three quarters of which relate to inpatient care, a quarter on the ambulatory.

The IW Köln estimates that profit providers make nearly 60 percent of 781,000 nursing home places in Germany, private providers 35 percent, the rest coming from public institutions, who withdraw more and more from the elderly. It is assumed that in the coming decades, the share of private carriers will continue to rise.

Public service often pay the best salaries in the elderly

"Private pay, however, generally less than public institutions, where incomes vary according to the collective agreements in the public sector," says DBfK officer billets. Either the private employers a house wage or are pure negotiation.

The non-profit organizations often pay lower salaries than the civil service. Since elderly care always means shift and weekend work, salaries are comparable only for each particular case, especially since even additional benefits such as Christmas or holiday bonuses are handled differently.

Offensive negotiate for more pay or perquisites

"Given the shortage of skilled workers, the nurses should aggressively negotiate" advises stick, even though she knows "that many are not born to." However, it should integrate not just go around content but could, for example, affect monetary benefits, it points out.

According to a detailed, though somewhat older, analysis, which has carried out on behalf of the Verdi services union in the years 2007/08, the International Institute for Empirical Social Economy, half of full-time employees earned in the elderly monthly maximum of 1,500 euros gross. For more than a quarter of full-time employees, the monthly salary ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 euros and only strong one-fifth comes with more than 2000 Euro home.

Training helps: specialists and managers deserve better

can achieve a higher income professionals who specialize or take on leadership roles. "Examples of the specialization are the geriatric psychiatry or quality assurance," says Martin Petzold, Second Federal Chairman of the German professional association for elderly care (DBVA).

"Management positions are, for example, Home, or Pflegedienst- Wohnbereichsleitung." The doping latter points depends on the number of managed care residents and their degree and the number of employees. DBfK Officer supplemented stick it, are better paid jobs in teaching, so to nursing schools.
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