The pandemic has shown the critical role our early educators play in supporting our community. Our latest workforce report offers unique insights that can help shape the sector’s future.Read the report
The early release of super during the pandemic highlighted the heartbreaking prevalence of financial hardship among our members in early childhood education and care (ECEC). It points to the need to improve the quality and security of jobs in the sector.
HESTA strongly supports free universal childcare as a key productivity measure for women's workforce participation and lifetime earning potential. More than 80% of HESTA members are women so this will improve their financial futures, give more choices to working families and lead to better outcomes for generations of Australian children.
HESTA has more than 63,000 members working in the sector. As part of this workforce research project, HESTA surveyed professionals working across health and community services in May 2019 and in July 2020. More than 4800 members responded to the survey, including more than 360 ECEC professionals.
Questions looked at member’s job intentions, their employment satisfaction drivers, their attitudes towards their employer and industry, as well as how COVID affected their work, financial situation and industry outlook.