A Chicago-based online employment agency for caregivers is predicting that workers—at least those with family responsibilities—are returning to the workforce. Why? Because the agency’s website is getting a new job posted every 4 minutes!
Sittercity.com, an online source for babysitters, nannies, eldercare providers, and housekeepers, reported in a press release that it realized a 128 percent increase in job postings in fourth quarters 2009, with close to 10,000 new jobs posted in December alone. And these figures do not include potential individual employers who use the search function, but are not posting the jobs themselves, nor jobs generated through its corporate division.
For people who want to be employed, but have responsibilities to children or seniors at home, “caregiving is a necessity, not a luxury,” says Sittercity.com founder Genevieve Theirs. Therefore, she says, job postings for full-time or after-school help will increase as the economy improves and more people head back to work.