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Workforce Wizard Spotlight: What drives employee movement in the disability services sector?

Workforce Wizard Spotlight: What drives employee movement in the disability services sector?

Why do disability services sector employees stay? And why do they leave? Workforce Wizard collect data on sector movements and trends each quarter, and this was the spotlight topic for the team during their last data collection period in 2018.

They asked employers responding to think about dissatisfaction drivers related to a job, individual reasons for leaving, or any symptomatic industry trends people might have uncovered along the way. 118 responses were received.

More than 42% of employers reported new workers most commonly cited unsuitability for the role, or incompatibility with the sector or an organisation as a reason for leaving.

This was followed by issues with working hours, with 34% citing unhappiness in the shifts, amount of hours and stability. Other reasons included permanency, pay and progression. Although notably and conversely, 38% reported flexibility was also a major reason people were choosing to stay.

Employer comments included a misalignment of expectations of those entering the scheme including the requirement to work autonomously.

For those established workers leaving, personal reasons including relocation and family or health issues, as well as the changes resulting from NDIS roll out.

Moreover, the rewards of working in the sector, workplace culture and the opportunity to create positive change in the lives of participants were commonly themes that kept employees staying in the disability services sector.

The full results of this spotlight question are available from the Workforce Wizard site.

Have an idea for a spotlight topic? Contact: adrian.lui@nds.org.au

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