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Number of UK carers outside of work is expected to rise

This week marks ‘Carers Week’ therefore giving us a poignant opportunity to highlight the fact that nearly 1 in 8 employees is caring for someone outside of work, which begs the question can you afford to lose them?  A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who could not always manage without their support.  The number of carers in the UK is expected to rise dramatically over the next 20 years – from 6.5 million to 9 million. This will no doubt bring a significant increase in the number of carers in employment. Research shows that supporting staff to effectively juggle their home and work life, and continue in employment, holds valuable benefits for the business, including:


•Improved staff retention

•Reduced absence

•Increased productivity

•Reduced recruitment costs

•Improved people management

•Reduced stress

•Improved morale

•Attraction of new talent


As affiliate members of Woking For Carers we feel compelled to share the importance of the Working For Carers organisation and urge our Clients and friends to find out more information on how they can also benefit from signing up.

Becoming a Working For Carers employer demonstrates your company’s positive attitude towards staff members with caring responsibilities outside of work. It shows that you don’t just care about your business, you care about your people too. And since your employees are arguably your most valuable asset, that can only be a good thing. Please visit https://workingforcarers.co.uk to find out more.