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Congress survey and Report on Childcare, March 2016

Publication cover - Report on Childcare Costs & Practices (Congress 2016)Cover image for Report on Childcare Costs & Practices (Congress 2016)The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has called for the introduction of new entry-level pay for childcare professionals at the Living Wage rate of €11.50 per hour and for investment in the sector to be brought in line with the 1% of GDP benchmark recommended by UNICEF, from its current level of 0.2%.

This follows the publication of a new Congress report on the problems facing the childcare sector in Ireland, highlighting how low wages and poor career progression for childcare professionals has resulted in staff turnover rates of over 22%.

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