The number of people working as Child Carers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 156,300 in 2018 to 183,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 184,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 36,800 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
- Location: Child Carers work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Other Services.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $953 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Around half work full-time (47%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27%).
- Gender: 95% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Child Care Workers.