Care services 'will find it hard to retain staff'
State-funded agencies that care for the disabled, older people, the homeless and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will find it difficult to recruit and retain staff as the economy improves, a new report claims.
A report commissioned by the trade union IMPACT said staff had carried the burden of maintaining delivery at a time of sustained cuts to the community and voluntary agencies.
It called for a restoration of pay, but insisted this could not come with demands for greater productivity.
The report, written by Dr Chris McInerney of the University of Limerick, said staff in the sector were highly educated and brought a strong level of personal commitment. They had been employed on lesser pay and conditions than their counterparts in the public service.
At the same time sustained cutbacks had been accompanied by an increased demand to deliver. Employees were increasingly asked to do more for less, the report added.