Care workers suffer the double whammy of low pay and high risk, according to a new report.
The research by job search engine Adzuna, which draws on government statistics on violence at work, found health and social care professionals faced the second highest risk of violence at risk, with 6.1% of workers subject to assault or threatening behaviour and 2.7% being assaulted over two years.
Care workers are also paid well below the national average UK salary with an average wage of 18k, Adzuna found.
Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, said: “This combination of high risk and low pay could be playing a part in staff shortages in some areas. For example, social work and nursing are being propped up by high numbers of temporary staff filling critical roles. The threat of violence at work could be one driving factor behind the lack of permanent workers and addressing this issue may be a step towards easing recruitment difficulties.
“Every abused industry should strive to improve support for their employees with proper training and by putting in place procedures to deal with abuse. There also needs to be salary correction in some of these risky roles, to reflect the day-to-day dangers facing employees. Otherwise, the staffing shortages seen in some areas could quickly spread into other industries.”
Pay in Most Abused Professions