Juggling work and unpaid care: a growing issue

Juggling work and unpaid care: a growing issue

Research by Carers UK (2019) reveals that 2.6 million have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone - more than 600 people a day.

This is a 12% increase since Carers UK and YouGov polled the public in 2013.

The findings also show that more people are caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million.

The research emphasises the need for UK employers to support the rapidly increasing number of staff with caring responsibilities to stay in the workforce.

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