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More men 'must be urged into care jobs', says report

More must be done to encourage young men to consider a career in the care sector, a report has said.

At present just 4.2% of working men are employed in health or social care compared to 15.5% of women, according to the report by the International Longevity Centre UK and care charity Anchor.

More than four in five care workers are female. The organisations said that more must be done to change the public perception of care roles.

Their report also suggests that there is a “workforce time-bomb” in the care industry fuelled by the rising tide of elderly people who are going to need support.

It is expected that one million new care roles will be needed by 2025 to meet rising demand and currently unmet need. However, the number of people of working age is expected to rise by just 2.5 million in this time frame, the report states.

Anchor, which is opening 1,000 new care positions at its retirement homes and retirement villages over the next three years, said the care sector needs a more diverse workforce.

Jane Ashcroft

Jane Ashcroft

The care body’s chief executive Jane Ashcroft said: “We must address this workforce time-bomb.

“The care sector needs to attract a wider range of staff: young and old, and we need more men to consider care as a potential career - particularly as men are living longer. Our workforce should reflect the diversity of our customers.”

 

 

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Readers' comments (12)

  • michael stone

    I was interested in the banner; '... more men must be urged into ...'

    Is it possible, to successfully 'urge' men into doing things - are we (men) not [typically] stobbornly resistant to 'being urged/nudged' into doing things, if we 'don't fancy doing it' ?

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  • As a male care worker I can do nothing but agree. I must say that I found a great reluctance by employers to take men on due to safeguarding issues. Tackle this within the Private sector and address it at school level and more men will apply. Oh....and address the all to often poor wages for the benefit of the men AND women who undertake this task.
    Jed

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  • michael stone

    Jared, I agree that more men in care work, would be a good thing. I also agree that if there were more men, it probably would push up wages for both sexes.

    But getting more men involved by offering better pay, and altering the attitudes of employers and wider society, doesn't strike me as 'urging or nudging' men into doing it - those changes, would in my view be more sunstantial than 'urging and nudging' ?

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  • Yes there are problems within the "care" world.

    The work is challenging, unremitting and poorly paid.

    Be honest there are few rewards for a "carer" who knows that tomorrow will bring the same demands relating to incontinence , patients who resist being fed or those who refuse to drink,

    There is also the hazard associated with being assaulted by elderly patients, biting, scratching and pinching are common behavioral problems.

    Then there is the ever present risk of being accused by relatives of "mistreating " a patient .

    Would you attempt to manage all the above for a miserly £6.31/hour ?

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  • I agree with above comments. It will take substantially more than urging and nudging. The remuneration for maintaining and improving people's quality of life and helping others to survive is pretty poor compared to other jobs with far less responsibilities for human life.

    All healthcare workers must be paid much more, with better conditions, protection, and ongoing training + development.

    Impression is that society doesn't want male carers unless someone has no one else to turn to.

    Also on top of all the negative stories about care work, males potentially face more allegations of mistreating and not being understanding of their client's / patient's needs. When mud is thrown, some of it tends to stick for a long time.

    The line 'particularly as men are living longer' is probably true for those who don't abuse their lifestyles, should be said that women are also living longer (and on average longer than men).
    However I agree the workforce should be much better balanced in terms of gender, equality and diversity at all levels.

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  • tinkerbell

    we need a bit more testosterone in the workplace to balance things out. My levels are depleting.

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  • no thanks!

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  • when I was small many little girls wanted to be nurses and little boys engine drivers.

    do little girls still have this dream or has nursing become a totally unattractive option?
    I know quite a number of nurses try and put their daughters off.

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  • Despite the fact that many 'men' make fantastic Carers and Nurses, they are still in the minority and tend to be denigrated for taking on a direct care role; Not only by society in general, but also female colleagues in the same role.
    In my experience as a Nurse, HCWs that are male tend to be treated with contempt and derision (Male Doctors exempt of course) from female co-workers.
    At one point in my career as a Nurse, I heard a Ward Sister say 'no male carers or Nurses on my Ward. As they do not care'?
    Shocking!
    But I thought later. Maybe she was right.
    Because, men:
    Do not accept non-competitive pay.
    Expect fair treatment and breaks
    Will not be held to account for the failings of others.
    Moreover, men Strike.

    Let's bring on the Men.

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  • I agree with all the above positive comments....
    I've just my first decade as a male nurse and I can't imagine doing anything else....however it is getting harder to be a bloke in care.....
    you do get excluded a lot....
    you're regarded with suspicion by female colleagues...
    you're castigated if you speak out......
    you get "blamed" a lot more because you're more noticeable.....
    you get confided in a lot more as "you're not one of us"....
    you get the "heavier" or "difficult" patients because you're "more able" to deal with them...
    male bosses can see you as a "threat" in my experience....


    please lets have more men in care just to make life easier for me?

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  • much more fun where there is a preponderance and propensity of males! :-)

    joking apart, it makes for a better and more naturally balanced team and more choice and better balanced and quality care of patients.

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  • For balance, I've never experienced any discrimination or ill treatment at my trust for being male and I've seen people genuinely welcoming and excited when male nurses have been recruited for a ward. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it happens, but I've not seen it here.
    As for dealing with the heavier patients, that's perfectly sensible, men are by and large stronger than women by a significant amount. If my colleagues want to make manual handling safer because I naturally produce more testosterone than they do, I'm fine with that, both for their sake and the patient's.

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