Having an adequate supply of care givers has long been a major challenge for ageing service providers.

Now according to an article in the Australian Ageing Agenda, aged care workers in Australia want to work more hours than they are currently being allocated.   This was revealed as one result of the 2007 National Aged Care Workforce Census and survey report produced by the National Institute of Labour Studies.   The report shows that if all staff members worked their preferred hours, the number of hours worked would increase by 4 percent.

The desire for more shifts is strongest in the community care sector where 42 percent of workers would like to increase their hours.  In residential care, 28 percent of direct care staff wanted to increase their hours.

The study also found that across the board aged care workers expressed a reasonable level of job satisfaction but there was widespread disappointment with pay levels.