Good jobs, bad jobs? Understanding the quality of aged care jobs, and why it matters

Martin,Bill (2007) Good jobs, bad jobs? Understanding the quality of aged care jobs, and why it matters. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 42 2: 183-187.

Author Martin,Bill
Title Good jobs, bad jobs? Understanding the quality of aged care jobs, and why it matters
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2007-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 2
Start page 183
End page 187
Total pages 5
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Language eng
Abstract Much research on paid care work focuses on this work as care. An equally important issues is its characteristics of jobs in Australian aged care facilities, using data from a comprehensive 2003 national survey of direct care workers in Australian aged care facilities. It shows that, on a range of characteristics including pay, aged care jobs compare quite well with other jobs held by Australians who similar characteristics to aged care workers. Aged care jobs are certainly not unequivocally ‘bad’ jobs. Yet turnover rates amongst these workers are quite high. The paper shows that workers’ expectations about remaining in the aged care sector depend largely on their experience of work, particularly their job satisfaction. Job satisfaction, in turn, is affected most by their experience of the work of caring. As in most workplaces, the ability to use their skills without hindrance is important. But care work offers distinctive rewards not captured by notions of professional identity and commitment. The paper concludes by suggesting that a focus on these distinctive rewards will be important in fully understanding paid care work as paid work.
Keyword Aged care
Job quality
Job satisfaction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
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