Staff members in the childcare industry in Northamptonshire are as in-demand as any other county in England, with workers needed in schools, nurseries and childminding settings. Northamptonshire County Council provide help for children with disabilities and special needs and experienced and qualified employees are also needed in this area.
Northampton, Daventry, Kettering and Wellingborough are among the most densely populated towns in the Midlands county, which has a higher employment demand as well as supply in the childcare sector.
The county has encountered a baby boom in recent years, with the town of Corby being named as the area which has had a bigger newborn insurgence than any other in the UK – multiplying at a rate of three times as many as the British average. This has not only lead to an increased demand for childcare, but also a shortage of NHS midwives.
Recruitment agencies require all childcare workers to have the relevant qualifications when working in this sector, from BTECs to diplomas, and there are a number of education facilities in the county which provide courses so students can achieve them. Apprentices in this field can earn about £80 a week while they are training, and managers may have salaries up to £30,000, however the average wage for childcare staff is about £20,000.