phone 0800 011 3200
Mon to Fri, 8am to 10pm Sat and Sun, 9am to 5pm
chat service

Carer Positive initiative How employers can support working carers

How employers can support working carers

How employers can support working carers

For carers in employment, having a supportive and flexible working environment can make a huge difference to maintaining and progressing career opportunities.

Support can take many forms at work, like:

  • procedures for carers to identify themselves and feel comfortable about doing this
  • practical support, like having somewhere to make a private phone call from, or support through Employee Assistance Programmes
  • peer support, through a workplace carers' group, or by signposting to a local carers' centre or online forum

Workplace policies can outline the support available for carers, like:

  • statutory time off for dependents/emergencies
  • more specific (paid/unpaid) leave arrangements for carers (carer's leave)
  • other work/life balance policies
  • flexible working arrangements

Flexible working can be very helpful for carers, enabling them to effectively manage work and caring responsibilities. This can take different forms, including:

  • job sharing
  • working from home
  • working part time
  • working shorter days
  • working compressed hours, full-time hours but over fewer days
  • flexitime
  • phased retirement

The Open University offers a course called Caring Counts in the Workplace, created for managers and policy makers, to help support carers in the workforce.

Read more on care and work or study.

The information was last updated on: 24th May 2017

Feedback

How could we improve this website or this page? Please tell us your thoughts.

Find my council

Most care services are coordinated through regional councils and...further text to explain the importance of council and care serve provision/funding.

Feedback

How could we improve this website or page? Please tell us your thoughts.

Find my council

You can contact your local council's social care department for a free assessment. Find their details here...

Scottish Government Scottish NHS