In the UK it is estimated there are up to 11 million unpaid carers. Saving our economy at least £193 billion pounds every year. Of these carers, there are 2.5 million currently juggling both work and caring responsibilities and this figure is expected to double by 2030. That’s 1 in 8 of the UK workforce.
In a recent study by Carers Trust (Pushed to the Edge Life for Unpaid Carers in the UK Report 2022) 48% of carers reported that they had given up work (or study) due to their caring role and a further 15% had reduced their hours.
As employers, providing your employees with support to manage their unpaid caring alongside their paid work offers benefits to you, them and those they care for.
Through our Carers in Employment project, Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) want to work with organisations – major employers and SMEs - in Derbyshire to support them to retain those staff who are at risk of leaving the workforce due to their caring responsibilities.
Employers will benefit from free training, resources and ongoing support. Understanding that a “one size fits all” approach isn’t always practical, DCA will help to embed carer support in your existing policies and procedures to enable employers to offer a level of support that is appropriate to their own workplace.
Supporting unpaid carers will not only help skilled, experienced staff members to continue in employment and achieve a realistic work/life balance but also benefits your organisation in:
- Attracting and retaining staff
- Reducing recruitment and training costs
- Increasing productivity
- Reducing workplace stress
- Reducing sick and absenteeism
- Improving service delivery
- Producing cost saving
- Increasing staff morale
- Improving people management
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