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More and better jobs in home-care services

Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2013 - doi: 10.2806/4586 - ISBN 978-92-897-1123-4

As Europe’s population ages, the number of adults needing long-term care is  increasing. There are, however, persistent labour shortages in the health and  social care sector; well-qualified staff are particularly lacking. At a time when  unemployment across much of Europe is high, this study considers how  this pool of surplus labour might be used to solve the care sector’s labour  shortage, and how people might be encouraged to work long term in a sector  that has consistently high levels of staff turnover. The study examines a total  of 30 case studies across 10 EU Member States, analysing initiatives that  were successful in either creating more jobs in the sector, or improving the  quality of its jobs, with the dual aim of attracting new recruits and retaining  existing staff.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – P. de Klaver, A. van der Graaf, D. Grijpstra, J. Snijders (Panteia)
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