Aged care workers ‘underpaid by 15 per cent’
Aged care workers are under-paid by at least 15 per cent, the chief executive officer of the Council on the Ageing (COTA), Ian Yates, said.
Mr Yates told the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety the 15 per cent figure was put forward by the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce based on comparisons with wages in different sectors and countries.
The taskforce suggested “the aged care sector overall is underpaid by a factor of at least 15 per cent; that’s a real challenge,” he said.
“If it’s being underpaid then people are going to go elsewhere.”