Carers UK has reported that approximately 600 people a day are giving up their career to look after an ill, elderly or disabled relative.
That equates to almost half a million people in the UK over the past 2 years according to a recent YouGov poll.
Is this a surprise? Have you curtailed your career to care for a loved one? (let us know your experiences in the comments section below)
Helen Walker, head of charity Carers UK said that 15% of the working population is now ‘working and caring’.
Can more be done by the government and employers to help? On BBC Breakfast Madeleine Starr Director of Business Development and Innovation at Carers UK
The biggest thing working carers say they want is some understanding from their employer
- 1 in 7 of the UK workforce caring for a loved one
- 6 million have quit their job to care
- Carers UK calls for better employment rights including five to 10 days paid care leave
There has been a 12% increase since YouGov and Carers UK conducted a similar investigation back in 2013.
Has this always been the case and is it right for family members to give up their jobs to support their loved ones? Or should we have learnt more over recent years that families need support particularly from the employers? The recent YouGov and Carers UK report showed that the group most likely to be called upon ar the 45-64 often the most experienced and skilled in the workplace.
So the bigger question is can employers afford to ignore this issue for much longer?
Employers for Carers, a group of more than 115 employers committed to supporting carers in the workplace and supported by Carers UK marks its 10th anniversary as a formal forum and launches Carer Confident, the first UK-wide employer benchmarking scheme of its kind.
Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has been working with Employers for Carers since the beginning, has seen the business benefits of introducing flexible working and care leave for its employees as they have retained crucial staff members and reduced overall recruitment costs.
Simi Dubb, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Centrica:
We are working hard to retain a diverse and skilled workforce through our carers policies which includes paid carers leave and flexible working from day one of becoming a carer. It’s the right thing to do and we want to support our employees and share best practices with other businesses. We are also working with Carers UK to urge the Government to introduce more support for carers such as mandatory paid carers leave.
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