Holiday Rush Leads to Double Demand for Caregivers

In line with the holiday season, caregiver jobs are in high demand. The holiday spike for some caregiver segments is as high as double its typical levels. 

For senior care, demand jumped 100% between December 2012 and January 2013, according to data compiled by Care.com. The company anticipates this year’s surge in caregiving services will mirror that of last year. 

“Timing plays a big role when pursuing a new job,” said Donna Levin, co-founder and VP of Operations, Care.com. “According to our data, caregivers are in great demand beginning at the holidays and continuing on well into the New Year, as both families and businesses are in search of care.”

Other specific caregiving segments saw similar surges with child care spiking 104% during the holiday period and demand for caregivers overall up 99% during the peak time. 

On an annual basis, care providers report the time period from Thanksgiving through January as the most popular time for families to seek solutions for loved ones who may require home or community based care. 

To aid caregivers who are seeking new jobs, Care.com has launched a “31 Days to a New Job” campaign to assist them in securing new employment during the holiday rush.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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Curious about all things, when not writing about senior housing topics, Liz is an avid explorer of food. She loves trying new recipes, new restaurants and new ice cream flavors. (Current favorite: Goat cheese with red cherries.)

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