Berlin - Nursing is part-time and women's job. The left-wing member of the Bundestag, Sabine Zimmermann, accordingly complained about disproportionately strong increase in part-time positions in outpatient care. This care area is one of the major growth industries. "But of the more than 170,000 jobs that have been created in recent years, almost 130,000 were part-time jobs," said Zimmermann. Only just under 40,000 were full-time positions.
The part-time quota in outpatient care is almost 70 percent, with around 20 percent of all employees working in mini-jobs. Around 87 percent of those employed in outpatient care were women at the end of 2015. According to the Federal Office, the rate has risen slightly by 2.0 percentage points since 1999. During this period, the number of employees in outpatient care increased by almost 172,000 to more than 355,000. That is plus of 93 percent.
Zimmermann went on to say: “The work in nursing is exhausting and often means shift and weekend work. In outpatient care there is also travel time that is often not paid for. ”And he criticizes that care is still paid significantly less than in other industries. Even within one's own industry, the goal of the same pay for the same work is still long way off. There are wage differences of 30 percent in East German and around 18 percent in West German countries between nursing and care for the elderly.
According to statistics, there were good 13,300 outpatient care services nationwide as employers in mid-December 2015, of which 65 percent were private, 33.5 percent non-profit organizations 1.4 percent in public ownership. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office, which also breaks down these figures at state level, 38.5 percent of those employed in the outpatient care services were 50 years or older. Only 15.2 percent were 30 years or younger. Calculations assume that up to 1.5 million additional full-time employees will be required in care by 2050.