Employers need to do more to ensure that carers can stay in work

Thursday 21 November 2019 marks Carers Rights Day. One in seven people in the workforce are informal carers1.

Anne Willmot, age campaign director at Business in the Community, said:

“Around 600 carers leave the workforce every day as a result of being unable to continue to combine their work with their caring responsibilities. Being a carer often requires you to use MBA level skills in project management and negotiation to get the support for the person you care for. These skills are highly valuable in the workplace. Yet far too often carers say that they can’t talk to their line manager to flex their hours to attend a medical appointment or take time off in an emergency. Research by Carers UK and employers such as Centrica show that the costs in introducing carers’ leave and flexible working more than payback through enabling carers to remain in work.”   

Business in the Community’s recommendations for all employers include:

  • introducing a statutory right to four weeks of unpaid carers’ leave a year
  • introducing an additional five days of paid carers’ leave, available to all working carers
  • the right to request flexible working from day one on the job and advertising jobs as flexible.


Notes to editor

Media contact

Cathy Beveridge, media and external affairs manager, Business in the Community, 07776 181945, cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk

About Business in the Community

Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago by HRH The Prince of Wales to champion responsible business. 

We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to: 

  • create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
  • build thriving communities in which to live and work
  • innovate to repair and sustain our planet.



  1. Juggling work and unpaid care: A growing issue (2019); Carers UK; available at carersuk.org