Quotation Schneider, Ulrike. 2016. Worker retention in long-term care . 4th ILPN International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care , London, Großbritannien, 04.09.-07.09.




This paper discusses the use of three measures of worker retention in the long-term care sector: job contract duration, an extended measure of workers’ attachment to employers accounting for temporary layoffs, and the duration of workers’ attachment to the Long-term care (LTC) sector. Our findings for Austria illustrate, how joint consideration of these measures can reveal peculiarities of the labour market dynamics in LTC. Data and methods Applying the Kaplan-Meier estimator to data from the Austrian Social Security Database for the years 1997-2013, we examine duration curves of these three measures for the long term care sector, the overall labour market and benchmark sectors. Results The results for Austria point to an eminent role of temporary layoffs in LTC. We also find indications for limited crossover capabilities for workers in long term care, keeping them from changing jobs in the sector. These findings emerge from contrasting the three measures with each other. Relying on just a single measure in observing worker retention misses out on such patterns and can thus be misleading when judging the efficient use of labour in LTC. Policy implications The growing demand for care workers as well as the key role of stable relationships between professional carers and their clients for care quality highlights the importance of worker retention in the long term care sector. To some extent workers exit the sector early on in their careers, which calls for retention strategies opening career perspectives in the sector. The high extent of Job recalls in the LTC sector (unemployment spells ending with a reemployment by the same employer) also deserves policy attention. Job recalls incur cost to unemployment insurance schemes and also lower workers’ future pension claims


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Worker retention in long-term care
Event 4th ILPN International Conference on Evidence-based Policy in Long-term Care
Year 2016
Date 04.09.-07.09.
Country United Kingdom
Location London


Schneider, Ulrike (Details)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Department of Socioeconomics DP (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5334 Political economic policy (Details)
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5933 Aging research (Details)
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