Japa: How care industry’ll create 300 million new jobs worldwide – ILO 

The healthcare sector has the potential to create around 300 million new jobs worldwide.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) made this revelation in a new report on care at work entitled ‘Care at Work: Investing in Care Leave and Services for a More Gender Equal World of Work’.

In the wake of the growing shortage of care services, there is nothing more reassuring for employees than knowing that their children and elderly relatives are well cared for.

In Europe, care, especially for young children and the elderly, is one of the fastest growing sectors.

Against this background, the ILO has called for more investment in this sector.

In its report, the world body highlighted the benefits of investing in care services and policies to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and support care for children and the elderly.

It also highlighted the need to balance work and care, which is essential for societies and economies to prosper and to significantly reduce gaps in care services.

ILO Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) specialist Laura Addati revealed in the report that paid care work is an essential source of employment, especially for women. Ladies.

She said healthcare workers represent more than eight percent of the total employment of 12 million workers.

With the potential for job creation, he pointed out the need to strengthen the social dialogue and consultation process to develop a better system and mechanism on the important agenda.

FG and the Nigerian healthcare sector

Looking at the industry in Nigeria, the operators urged the federal government to shed light on the healthcare service, citing that legislation is needed to ensure compliance and to regulate the behavior of healthcare providers.

Arrowshot Care Solutions Chief Executive Officer Dapo Olugbodi noted that the care economy is growing as the demand for child and elderly care increases in all regions, and said his organization stands ready to work with the Nigerian government to legislate for the care sector in Nigeria. develop.

According to him, there are 15 basic care standards that healthcare professionals must meet.

He urged industry operators to focus on strong adherence to ethical standards in the performance of their duties.

He said these are mainly due to the duties of the life care industry and as a result a strong focus on professionalism should be the norm.

Olugbodi explained that proper training and exposure of healthcare providers to global standards in the healthcare sector were crucial factors in building public confidence in the sector.

He stated that it had become imperative for the government to create a proper structural framework in the healthcare sector to keep it from unprofessionalism and quacks.

This, he says, is to ensure proper standards are maintained in line with global best practices.

Given that the care service is a professional service aimed at providing good care to the elderly, proper training of the caregivers was paramount, Olugbodi said.

He said the Arrow shot care solution is poised to raise the bar by providing holistic training for caregivers.

“It should be noted that the training is in line with global requirements. Training for our staff is provided by a healthcare company based in the United Kingdom (UK).

“There is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in the UK, which has the power to oversee the care sector. There is the Healthcare Act, which regulates the way people are provided with care. The basis of this is giving independence to individuals.

“The healthcare sector is heavily regulated. We will work with the Nigerian government to legislate. There should be standards and legislation for the healthcare sector in Nigeria,” she said.

The Arrowshot boss, who said the care economy is growing as demand for child and elderly care increases across all regions, said the sector will create a large number of jobs in the coming years.

“Yet care work around the world is still characterized by a lack of benefits and protections, low wages or no compensation, and exposure to physical, mental and in some cases sexual harm.

“It is clear that new care solutions are needed on two fronts in terms of the nature and supply of care policies and services and the conditions of care work,” she added.

How investments can boost the healthcare sector

Investing in the healthcare sector can boost employment for women and men, increase gross domestic product (GDP) and is essential to overcome entrenched discrimination against women at work and in society.

Studies have also shown that care work remains highly undervalued and characterized by poor wages and working conditions.

Women do more than three-quarters of unpaid care work. This is equivalent to 13 percent of global GDP, or $10 trillion a year.

In six emerging economies, an investment of 2% of GDP in healthcare would create more than 42 million jobs.

Care tasks are often low paid, physically and emotionally demanding, with heavy workloads in unsafe conditions, inadequate training and poor career prospects and, in some extreme cases, in conditions close to slavery.

While caregivers are often underpaid, care is expensive for those who must pay out of pocket.

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