Nearly two thirds of carers say their career prospects have been
adversely affected because of their responsibilities, according to
a new survey launched to coincide with National Carers Week,
writes Helen McCormack.
The survey of 2,900 carers by charity Carers UK also found that
three quarters of those canvassed used annual leave when they
needed time off to care for a relative or friend.
While a high proportion – 87 per cent – said their employers
knew they were a carer, almost a third said their bosses did not
provide flexible working hours.
The announcement of the survey coincides with Carers Week,
organised by an amalgamation of charities seeking to raise
awareness for the needs of the UK’s six million unpaid
Carers Week manager Paul Matz said the results “vividly
demonstrated” the difficulties faced in balancing work and