The Business Case for Supporting Carers in the Workplace

This factsheet focuses on the benefits to organisations in addressing the attraction and recruitment, retention, and employee engagement of carers in the workplace.

About this factsheet

This factsheet, the Business Case for Supporting Carers in Workplace focuses on the benefits to organisations in addressing the attraction and recruitment, retention, and employee engagement and productivity of carers in the workplace. These can include;

  • the ability to attract and retain staff
  • the ability to reduce recruitment and training costs
  • the ability to reduce sick leave and absenteeism
  • an increase in productivity
  • an improvement in service delivery;
  • improve cost savings and increase staff morale
  • Improving staff engagement, people management, and team working

Carers in the UK – the facts

There are almost seven million carers in the United Kingdom 1. Carers are classed as people providing unpaid care for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. A significant proportion of UK carers are of working age – around 60% (4.27 million) – and about 3 million carers are in work (one in nine people of the UK workforce).

Many carers struggle to combine work and care. It is estimated that in the UK 300,000 people give up work to care each year2

How can organisations support carers?

Support for carers presents an opportunity to reduce recruitment and training costs, better manage and develop junior talent as well as to improve gender and race diversity in the workplace. Advice and guidance in this factsheet The Business Case for Supporting Carers in the Workplace will support your organisation in taking the initiative.


References

1 The Carers Trust (2014) Key facts about carers
2. 6 D. Grayson (April 2013), ‘Carers: A business opportunity and social responsibility’, Ethical Corporation