Carers UK and major businesses have set up Employers for Carers offering help to employers to retain the 1 in 7 employees who are caring for a family member.
Given the stresses and strains that can result from balancing work and caring, it is unsurprising that 1 in 5 carers give up work to care full time. Businesses can all too easily lose experienced staff, as most carers fall into the 45-64 age bracket at the peak of their careers. With the number of carers in the UK is set to grow from 6 million to 9 million in the next 30 years, this is an issue none of us can afford to ignore.
Employers for Carers believes carers should have choices about work. It is important that those carers who want to work, and are able to do so, get the right support.
Who are Employers for Carers?
Employers for Carers is a membership forum of employers - large and small - chaired by British Gas - and supported by the specialist knowledge of Carers UK. The leadership of Employers for Carers is provided by BT, Listawood, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the University of Leeds. Together with other members such as British Gas, the Metropolitan Police, the Government Equalities Office, NHS Trusts and local councils they are already rising to the challenge of supporting carers in their workforce.
What Employers for Carers does
Employers for carers
- Provides advice and support for employers seeking to develop carer friendly policy and practice and retain skilled workers.
- Identifies and promotes the business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace.
- Influences government and employment policy and practice to create a culture which supports carers in and into work.