Nearly two-thirds of carers say their career prospects have been
adversely affected because of their responsibilities, according to
The study of 2,900 carers by charity Carers UK found that
three-quarters of carers 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 carers faced in balancing work and