Five Good Friends looks for 750 new hires to pre-empt staffing crisis

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National home care provider Five Good Friends has launched a recruitment drive, aiming to find 750 new carers around the country.

With the labour shortage in aged care expected to reach 110,000 within 10 years, Five Good Friends CEO Simon Lockyer (pictured) said the company is looking to build its ranks now to avoid a crisis when demand spikes in the future.

“The flexible contract roles are perfect for anyone looking for full-time hours right through to those who need a few hours of care work a week to help make ends meet.

“We want people from 18 up to retired folks who still have a lot to give. What they all need in common, a willingness to help and care for people.

“It’s wonderfully rewarding because for every hour of home care an older person receives it lowers their need for a move to residential aged care by 6%. Many older people that are still in their home often just need companionship and a little support around the home to ensure their safety and independence,” he said.

Almost 20% of the population is expected to be aged over 65 in 2030, compared with around 16% in 2021.

Five Good Friends currently employs around 1,000 care staff, and is looking to double this number in the next few years.