An online job search platform is helping new mothers and fathers in Ireland to find work.
JobServe said it had found 8,200 vacancies in Irish hospitals and 14,500 in Irish nursing homes for new mothers over the past month, which is the highest monthly total of any service since January.
It said the number of vacancies in nursing homes was up by more than 5,000 since the same period last year, but the increase in vacancies was offset by a drop in placements in hospitals.
“This is a really good sign,” JobServe Chief Executive Marie Hickey said.
“There is a significant shortage of nursing home carers in the country.”
The job market is very tight.
It’s going to get worse.
“Ms Hickey urged the Government to provide more support to people who are looking for work, as well as to employers to make their staffing and training systems more robust.
The agency said the average salary of a carer in the Irish nursing home sector was €11,000.
JobShare has found that more than half of those jobs advertised are not for a nursing home.
The company said that, on average, people who apply for a job as a caretaker or assistant at a nursing homes are looking to work in a short-term position, and are not looking to become permanent residents.”
We are not aware of any vacancies in our carers’ group or the group as a whole,” it said.