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Old Apr 22nd 2010, 12:50 pm
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Hi, my girlfriends works in elderly care and she's worked in the community aswell. Can anyone give us an idea of what the average wage is for the same line of work please?

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Old Apr 22nd 2010, 9:12 pm
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Hi Paul and Dani

Sorry I dont know the answer to your question. I have also been a care assistant/support worker in the community and am now a care assessor. I have just completed my NVQ3 and wonder if this is a recognised qualification in NZ.

I hope you find the answers you want.

Best of luck.

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Hi Paul and Dani

Sorry I dont know the answer to your question. I have also been a care assistant/support worker in the community and am now a care assessor. I have just completed my NVQ3 and wonder if this is a recognised qualification in NZ.

I hope you find the answers you want.

Best of luck.

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Hi Marty

Sorry I cant help you with this either, Dani has her NVQ levels 2 & 3 in health and social care, but we need to find out if they could be assessed by NZQA to gain her a recognised NZ equivalent. You could look on NZQA's website for info, might be helpfull to you. I can tell you I had my NVQ level 3 assessed, recognised as an NZ Certificate level 4.

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Hi again Paul and Dani

My 2 and 3 are also in Health and Social Care. Paul, did you have to pay to have your NVQ assessed? I get the impression that the NZQA will try to make money where they can.

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I work in Foresnsic Mental Health and I think our support workers get $ 17 - 18 per hour. That may be more than the usual rate given the environment though, sorry not too sure
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Hi, my girlfriends works in elderly care and she's worked in the community aswell. Can anyone give us an idea of what the average wage is for the same line of work please?

Thanks

Paul and Dani
Hi & welcome to BE.
I'm an RGN but havn't transferred my qualification to NZ (personal choice!) I recently spoke to a Elderly care home manager about vacancies for carer's, when I asked about the salary she said 'oh its rubbish.....$13 per hour for days $13.50 per hour for nights'.....yep it is rubbish!!

I have seen other positions advertised at around $15 per hour, look on trademe.co.nz & seek.co.nz for vacancies they sometimes quote salaries. You could also do a google search for 'elderly care facilities nz' some organisations list current vacancies.

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I work in mental health respite support.
Salaries start at around $25k and top out at around $40k.
Most are on about $30 to $35K pa
Elderly may be less as its seen as lower down the scale than
mental health or learning dis.
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Hi again Paul and Dani

My 2 and 3 are also in Health and Social Care. Paul, did you have to pay to have your NVQ assessed? I get the impression that the NZQA will try to make money where they can.

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Hi Marty, yes i had to pay for my NZQA assessment, it was a condition of my ITA to have it completed. You can have upto 5 qualifications assessed for one fee. I missed out by a few weeks when the fee was around $500 if i recall, it cost me around $700 Small price to pay if we get PR, but yeah.... just another expense on top of the £500 i paid towards my NVQ 3course.
If we get PR we'll see if its worth getting her quals assessed out there.
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Originally Posted by karonious View Post
I work in Foresnsic Mental Health and I think our support workers get $ 17 - 18 per hour. That may be more than the usual rate given the environment though, sorry not too sure
Thanks, I guess it varies but from other replies it looks like its around $13 -$18 depending on the enviroment.
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Hi & welcome to BE.
I'm an RGN but havn't transferred my qualification to NZ (personal choice!) I recently spoke to a Elderly care home manager about vacancies for carer's, when I asked about the salary she said 'oh its rubbish.....$13 per hour for days $13.50 per hour for nights'.....yep it is rubbish!!

I have seen other positions advertised at around $15 per hour, look on trademe.co.nz & seek.co.nz for vacancies they sometimes quote salaries. You could also do a google search for 'elderly care facilities nz' some organisations list current vacancies.

HTH
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Thanks, and for the welcome, we had a look on seek.co.nz last night, seemed to be a fair few positions available but no indication on rates of pay... we'll just keep looking at the job sites. Thanks again, appreciated
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Originally Posted by colandros View Post
I work in mental health respite support.
Salaries start at around $25k and top out at around $40k.
Most are on about $30 to $35K pa
Elderly may be less as its seen as lower down the scale than
mental health or learning dis.
Thanks, appreciate your info
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$13.00 hr in welly, more if you go agency.
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In Christchurch expect between $13-16 tops averege 14 for community but you have to use your own car

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Unfortunately many work places do not recognise the UK NVQ. This is because it saves them having to pay extra for recognising this qualification and when the facility is audited/inspected it will count for nothing.

The NZ qualification in caring for older people (such as in care homes), is called the ACE programe. Some employers pay an extra 50cents to staff who hold this qualification.
Do an on line search for info.

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