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.

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 HCS 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 to the Employer

  • Retention of staff
  • Reduction of sick leave and absenteeism
  • Improving staff engagement
  • Improving people management
  • Making team working more effective
  • Improving service delivery
  • Increasing productivity
  • Reducing recruitment and training costs
  • Improving ability to attract potential new staff
  • Producing cost savings