80% of early years sector staff plan to leave within the next year

The early years sector is facing such a crisis that 80% of staff are plannig to leave the sector in the next 12 months according to a local SIPTU representative.

A new survey has also found 42% of staff are actively looking for a new job with low pay being given as the biggest reason people are considering their future.

Independent Sligo/Leitrim TD, Marian Harkin recently raised the issue in the Dail and called on Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman to provide €75m for the sector in the coming budget.

John Davey, Vice Chair of the Sligo/Leitrim SIPTU Big Start Committee questions what graduates would choose to work in the sector in it’s current state.