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Staff Pay and Workforce Retention: Results from the 2020 Early Childhood Education National Survey - Q4: How does pay compare between private and community owned services?

Article Index

QUESTION 4: HOW DOES STAFF PAY COMPARE BETWEEN PRIVATE AND COMMUNITY OWNED EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES? AND, ARE PAY LEVELS RELATED TO STAFF LEAVING?

Answer
Teaching staff in privately-owned services were paid around an average of $2 less an hour compared with those in community-based services (other than kindergartens). In privately-owned services, staff were paid an average of $26.02 an hour (median $25.90). In community-based services (not including kindergartens) staff were paid an average of $28.01 an hour (median $26.44).

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Asked if they were looking to leave their job or if they were staying, a greater proportion of staff employed in private services (43%) compared to community-based services (31%) said they were looking to leave.

Discussion
The pay gap between private and community-based services suggests that in services under private ownership, pay is perhaps not considered to be a strong or necessary lever to attract and retain teaching staff to achieve quality. However, higher pay is related to staff being more likely to want to stay in their current employment. If services wish to limit potential staff loss then one strategy is to look at what they must pay staff to encourage them to stay.

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