Aged care workers’ morale is slipping, a researcher says. The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey 2014, released on April 28, offers a snapshot of aged care employees, focusing mainly on the job satisfaction of caregivers. The report raises important questions about the value we place on the care of the elderly, lead author Dr Katherine Ravenswood says. Ravenswood, from AUT University’s New Zealand Work Research Institute, says low pay, high workloads, an ageing workforce and an increasing demand for aged care, add up to a concerning picture for the sector. The average aged care worker is female, aged over 45 and the main earner in her family, but earns $15 or less per hour. The survey was developed in consultation with an industry reference group including members from New Zealand Aged Care Association, the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation and Careerforce. Go to tinyurl.com/ CLDagedcaresurvey for the full survey.