Lots Of Part-Time PSW Jobs In Ontario
Across Ontario, one of the main challenges faced by personal support workers is the
fact that, even though there are numerous part-time PSW jobs available, full-time work
is not as common in this field. In fact, according to the most recent long-term care
staffing study done by the Ministry of Long-Term Care (July 2020), only 41% of the
overall PSW population in the province works full-time, while 48% have part-time PSW
jobs and the remaining 10.7% are considered casual workers.
The same study points out that PSWs are the largest population of employees in
Ontario’s long-term care sector, with a 58% presence, and approximately half of them
would like to work more hours. Because of this, many PSWs are known to keep multiple
jobs “to barely make a living,” as explained by Services Employees International Union
Healthcare (SEIU Healthcare).
This multi-job scenario, plus the onset of the pandemic back in March 2020, caused
people to grow concerned about PSWs, and caregivers in general, putting themselves
and others at risk by having contact with residents and staff from different nursing
homes at once. To alleviate the situation, and protect the elderly, in April 2020 the
government of Ontario announced measures to limiting retirement home’s caregivers
from working on multiple facilities, giving them the alternative of choosing one employer
and taking job-protected leaves of absence from others to comply with the policies. The
province also recommended long-term-care employers offer full-time hours to part-time
workers, as a way of keeping them from having multiple jobs.
Why So Many Part-Time And Casual PSW Jobs?
In light of this complex reality, and to help you better understand why there are so
many part-time PSW jobs, as casual PSW jobs, but so little full-time work, let’s
discuss two critical contributing factors:
First, there is the expansion of for-profit care homes, which has deeply impacted
working conditions for caregivers, especially in terms