Laura Sharman 11 August 2020

Employers call for more support to keep unpaid carers in work

Two-thirds of employers have warned that a lack of support for unpaid carers is impacting their workforce, according to new research.

A new survey from Carers UK shows that an increasing number of unpaid carers are having to reduce their hours or even quit their jobs due to a shortage of support from social care services.

Figures show that seven million people are juggling work and unpaid care through the pandemic.

Two thirds of the employers surveyed are calling for services to be available outside of normal working hours, with more information on where working carers can get practical help.

Helen Walker, chief executive of Carers UK, said: ‘Our survey shows that businesses are now having to manage the fallout of this increasingly common dilemma for staff who are juggling work and care for a relative.

’Just as childcare used to be a key issue stopping women from continuing to work, now caring is holding back thousands of people from enjoying a fulfilling career and retaining an income.’

 

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