Voice: The Union for Education Professionals has welcomed the Education Policy Institute's report, The early years workforce: A comparison with retail workers.
General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:
“Voice welcomes this report for highlighting the low pay and low status endured by highly skilled, well trained professionals.
“These pay levels are not commensurate with the skills and education required for early years professionals, especially for those at graduate level.
“I’ve been saying for years that many skilled early years professionals could earn more stacking supermarket shelves, but stay in the profession because it is their vocation.
“However, the early years sector has relied on the goodwill of its staff for too long. Is it any wonder that – as the report highlights – there is a recruitment and retention crisis?
“Voice is calling for appropriate investment and a coherent national pay and career structure to reward the professionals who work in childcare, and to raise the status of the sector and profession.”