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Carers Scotland launches new survey for employers

06 November 2013

Carers Scotland today launched a new survey for employers to help develop a new kitemark for carers.

Carers Scotland is taking foward the Scottish Government's commitment to develop a new kitemark for employers who support carers in their workforce.

The aim of this scheme will be to:

  • Raise awareness of the growing numbers of people who juggle work and caring responsibilities
  • Encourage employers to understand the business case for supporting carers in the workplace
  • Encourage and provide recognition to those employers who currently have, or who develop policies and practices which support carers in their workforce

Around 1 in 7 people in the workforce will currently be caring for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability, and this number is forecast to rise significantly as the population gets older.

Supporting carers in the workplace is important to both families and employers. Increasingly recognised as a key workforce management issue, ‘carer friendly’ policies and practices can deliver benefits in terms of recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, and employee health and well-being.

This survey is part of a consultation process with employers on how best to develop and implement the kitemark. We want to ask what might be the most helpful and appropriate model for this type of scheme, and one that is likely to appeal to companies and organisations of all sizes and across all sectors.

To find out more about the development of the Kitemark and to complete the survey click here.

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