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here are an estimated 223,000 unpaid carers also balancing paid employment in Wales. With 1 in 7 of the workforce balancing work and care; and those numbers likely to rise with our aging population and aging workforce, it is becoming increasingly important for employers to incorporate carer friendly work practices into the workplace. Recent research shows just under 150,000 people have given up work to…
Encouragingly, the number of UK employees finally getting the flexibility they deserve is on the rise, with offerings of flexible working alternatives trebling in the last four years. While a very positive change, work remains to be done when it comes to spreading the benefits of flexibility across every member of a team. Employers have the power to introduce flexibility in a whole host of…
Aviva, an EfC member, has launched new research that suggests an estimated 2.6 million employees aged 45 and over expect that they will have to leave their jobs in order to care for a relative or partner. Many mid-life employees are opting to take on their relatives’ care duties themselves as a means of minimising care bills, but this decision is coming at the expense…
Research finds 112,000 people gave up work or retired early to look after relatives last year, as experts highlight employers’ ‘big role to play’ in supporting carersAlzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia are costing employers billions as staff are forced to reduce their hours or quit their jobs to care for relatives, research has claimed. A study, conducted by the Centre for Economic and…
More than half of ‘sandwich carers’ – people who look after both children and older relatives – find balancing their work and home lives difficult, according to research from wellbeing company BHSF. BHSF estimates that 1.3 million people in the UK fall into the sandwich carer category, and London-based workers struggle the most. While one in six nationally say that their responsibilities are always too…