Who is a working carer?

A working Carer is someone who is in paid employment whilst at the same time carrying out an unpaid caring role for a family member, friend or neighbour.

This is different to a paid Care Worker who is paid for their caring role either through an agency, a Direct Payment or who is employed by the person they care for.

Our aim is to encourage local employers to recognise unpaid Carers within their workforce and to acknowledge the added pressure their caring role brings by introducing Carer friendly policies and procedures.

Employers – don’t lose valuable staff!

1.9 employees are caring

1.5 employees resign because of their caring role

Do you offer flexible working?

Do you have Carer friendly/well-being policies?

Do you allow staff who are Carers to have access to a phone whilst at work?

Is your HR department Carer Aware trained?

The Employers for Carers and Department of Health Task and Finish Group was set up in 2012 to explore ways in which Carers – people looking after a family member or friend who is sick, ill or disabled – can be supported to combine work and care. It has gathered national evidence from an expert Steering Group and a wider reference group, evidence from Europe and evidence directly from employers and business. A summary of its findings and recommendations can be found here.

Employers with a positive approach to supporting carers in their workplace, see real returns. Whilst carers may need more flexibility, they are also likely to be even more loyal and dedicated as a result.
I work in a school and the teachers and Head have been very supportive if I have had to attend an appointment During work time also if my son has been ill and nobody available to look after him.

What is the benefit to your business of supporting a Carer within your workforce?

Retaining skills and quality

Retaining valuable experience

Ensuring continuity

Working for Carers

A membership and accreditation scheme for employers which gives members the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to corporate social responsibility and to improve the social value of their business. It demonstrates a positive and proactive approach to staff wellbeing, equality and diversity.


These case studies feature the experiences of carers and their employers, showing the benefits of good support from both perspectives.