Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Of course there are many downsides to caregiver shortgages. Add to that the hot employment market and you can see the problem-the family caregiver has an opportunity to enter the workforce but the lack of caregiver options prevents the family member from taking a job. The New York Times dicussed this dilemma in Jobs Aplenty, but a Shortage of Care Keeps Many Women From Benefiting.
A dearth of child care and elder care choices is causing many women to reorganize their working lives and prompting some to forgo jobs altogether, hurting the economy at a moment when companies are desperate to hire, and forcing trade-offs that could impair careers.
Those forced to cut back on work could face lasting disadvantages. They are missing out on an unusual moment of worker power, in which many employees are bargaining for higher wages or switching to more lucrative jobs. Right now, the fields where women are most concentrated — including service sector jobs in hospitality and health care — have some of the most openings and the most rapidpay growth.
Are we moving towards any viable solutions any time soon?