Thursday, September 27, 2007

Talent going to waste in the face of a national skills shortage

In a recent survey conducted by CareerMums, the cost of care and finding flexible work emerged as the two biggest barriers faced by women returning to work after parental leave. This is in line with the work done by The Taskforce on Care Costs (TOCC) over the last 3 years, which shows that the cost of childcare has risen by 12% each year, putting at risk workforce participation rates.

Juliet Bourke, Chair of the Taskforce on Care Costs, said “In the lead up to the Federal Budget, TOCC clearly demonstrated to Government that the cost of childcare has been spiralling out of control, and this was damaging parents' levels of workforce participation. 1 in 4 workers with caring responsibilities is likely to leave the workforce because of the cost of care.”

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