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Attractive Jobs in the Dutch Elderly Care – how to extend Part-time Contracts?

Braakman, Q.M.B.V. (2019) Attractive Jobs in the Dutch Elderly Care – how to extend Part-time Contracts?

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Abstract:Purpose - Within the next three years, the personnel shortage in the Dutch elderly care sector is estimated to grow to at least 125.000 vacancies. Also, 90 percent of the care workers work part-time. Not only is this unused capacity, part-time contracts also have disadvantages for both the employer and employee. In order to reduce the personnel shortage; to provide good care in the future and to decrease the disadvantages of part-time contracts, two things can be done: hiring new care workers and/or extending labour contracts of current workers – 90 percent of the care workers have part-time contracts at the moment. This research is an explorative case study with an empirical approach in order to answer the question: how to extend part-time contracts in the Dutch elderly care sector? Results - The general consensus was that in order to offer elderly care employees extended contracts, the following three things need to happen: 1) creating acceptance for different working hours, tasks and locations, 2) reducing demand for care in peak hours by changing the mindset of both care workers and clients and 3) changing the criteria by which care organisations are assessed and financially compensated. Altogether, such a shift from the status quo is a challenging task and is therefore expected to take at least a few years before being successfully implemented. Due to various personal reasons many employees do not want to work more hours. Therefore, the extent to which current care workers can be offered larger labour contracts is rather limited. Nevertheless, it has been reported that the younger generation generally wants extended contracts, so over time this need is expected to increase.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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