Carers in Paid Employment

Who is a working carer?

Someone in full or part-time employment, who also provides unpaid care for a friend or relation who couldn’t cope without their support.

According to ‘Employers for Carers’, national research indicates that 1 in 9 of the workforce will be caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill. With Herefordshire’s aging demographic, the number of Carers who are also working is likely to increase significantly in the coming years.

A caring role on its own can be extremely demanding and exhausting.1 in 5 carers end up resigning from work as the challenges of managing work and caring become unsustainable.

A supportive employer can avoid this outcome.

Recruitment – Suggestions to Demonstrate Carer Friendly Workplace

• Use of HCS logo in recruitment i.e. – advertisements
• Carers noted on application forms with reference to HCS
• Induction programmes – Dedicated section on company policy towards carers and inclusion of HCS registration forms. HCS to attend if required.
• HCS information stand at regular intervals – e.g. staff restaurants
HCS would like to encourage registration and could feedback to organisations the numbers so performance progress can be recorded as plans are implemented.

Some Examples of Pro-active Best Practice by Employers

  • Flexible working hours – The Children and Families Act 2014 gives all employees with at least 26 weeks continuous employment the right to request.
  •  Access to a telephone
  • Car parking space at/near work
  • Links to Herefordshire Carers Support on staff bulletins/communications-offering up to date information
  • Employee assistance programmes
  • Shift swapping
  • Job sharing
  • Staggered hours
  • Working from home
  • Unpaid and paid leave
  • Career breaks

Benefits of supporting working carers

Retention of staff

Improved people management

Improved service delivery

Improved productivity

Improved ability to attract potential new staff

Reductuion of sick leave and absenteeism

Improved team working

Reduced recruitment and training costs

Improved staff engagement