More care­givers needed for el­derly

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Nurs­ing homes and care agen­cies in Bei­jing are short of 20,000 work­ers due to stress and low pay, au­thor­i­ties said on Thurs­day. More than 11,000 reg­is­tered work­ers make up Bei­jing’s el­derly care in­dus­try, at least 20,000 fewer than needed, Li Wan­jun, head of Bei­jing’s civil af­fairs bureau, told a ses­sion of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the 14th Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Congress. Work­ers in el­der­care homes in Bei­jing earn 30,000 yuan to 40,000 yuan ($4,430 to $5,900) a year, Li said. An­nual staff turnover is more than 40 per­cent. In ad­di­tion, 70 per­cent of care­givers are mi­grant work­ers with a low level of ed­u­ca­tion.

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