Carers in paid employment

Are you juggling being a Carer and working?

We would love to know of any issues both positive and negative!! Please email your comments to

juggling work and caring

Hi, my name is Chrissy Dunlop and I am the Project Lead for Carers in Paid Employment.  We are very lucky in that we have secured a small amount of money to enable me to work for one day a week.

The aims of the project are several, including providing support and advice to Carers who may have given up work, wish to work for the first time or are seeking a new direction that will fit in around their caring role.

We will be looking at training and employment opportunities and helping Carers to identify and utilise skills that they may already possess.  All of us learn, sometimes without even realising it from our caring responsibilities, running a home, being a parent and of course many will have worked previously, either voluntary or paid, gaining valuable experience as we go.

If you’re working as well as caring for someone, it can be a lot to handle at once. It may help to know about your rights at work and think about what could help you with managing your work and your caring role.


The right to flexible working

If you’re juggling work and caring, you have the right to request flexible working arrangements to help you fulfil your responsibilities.

Flexible working could also help you to find a working pattern that suits your caring role and gives you more time to take care of yourself as well. Flexible working might involve:

Working compressed hours

This is when you work all your normal hours but over fewer days – such as 8am to 6pm over four days rather than 9am to 5pm over five days.

Changing your working hours

Perhaps you could start work earlier or finish later to help you with your caring responsibilities.

Part-time working or job sharing

Where you share your job with another colleague and split the hours between you.

Location flexible

Perhaps you can work from home all or part of the time, or be on call from wherever you want to be based, or work in different branches if you sometimes need to be near a relative, care home or hospital.

You can make one request for flexible working each year. Your employer must consider it but does not have to agree to it.

The right to time off in an emergency

You also have the right to time off in an emergency when it involves a person who is dependent on you. That might include, for example, your partner, your parent, or your child. If someone else relies on you for help, they may also count as a dependent.

Examples of when you might need to use this right to emergency time off include:

  • where your normal care arrangements have been cancelled or changed
  • if the person you care for dies, is ill, or has an accident
  • when you need time off to organise long-term arrangements for the person you care for when they are ill or injured.

Herefordshire Carers Support offer carers, employment, education and training support.  Get in touch with us to see how we can help you.

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Chrissy on 01432 356068.




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