State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 22

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017

Juggling work and care

Three million people , 1 in 9 of the workforce , combine caring for a loved one with paid work . vi However , the significant demands of caring mean that many are forced to give up work altogether , due to a lack of rights , flexibility and high quality care services at home . Carers need to be supported so that they are able to juggle work and care and to enable them to return to work if they wish .
A third ( 37 %) of carers responding to the survey reported currently being in paid work . As many as a quarter ( 25 %) of those providing care for over 50 hours a week reported being in paid work .
Responses illustrate how caring takes a toll on people ’ s employment opportunities , including career development , promotions and pay rises , as well as impacting upon carers ’ ability to work at all . And as many as 4 out of 10 carers ( 43 %) said they had given up work completely to care , with 13 % reporting that they had retired early to care .
1 in 5 of all carers ( 21 %) said they had reduced their working hours to care . Nearly half of working carers ( 46 %) said that they work the same hours but that their job is negatively affected by caring through tiredness , lateness and stress . 14 % of all carers reported having had to take a less qualified job or have turned down promotion to fit around their caring responsibilities .
Having to work at the same time as providing care has a significant effect on people ’ s health . Carers in paid work were more likely to have suffered mental ill health as a result of caring than some other groups , including stress and anxiety , with over 7 in 10 carers in paid employment ( 72 %) reporting this . Over half
( 55 %) said their physical health has worsened as a result of caring . Two thirds ( 67 %) said they found it difficult to get a good night ’ s sleep , and half said they have reduced the amount of exercise they take ( 56 %) and found it difficult to maintain a balanced diet ( 47 %).
Carers in paid work are also the group for whom it is least likely that their GP knows they are a carer , with a quarter ( 25 %) of those in paid work reporting this . This suggests opportunities for them to be better supported in their caring role and to help them look after their own health and wellbeing are being missed .
Of those who reported having a carer ’ s assessment this year , responses suggest that the majority of carers in paid work are not being given the support they need by the local authority to help them juggle care with work . Over 7 in 10 carers ( 73 %) said the need to combine paid work and caring was either not properly considered in their carer ’ s assessment or in the support they received , or that this received some but insufficient consideration .
Over 7 in 10 carers

73 %

said the need to combine paid work and caring was either not properly considered in their carer ’ s assessment or in the support they received , or that this received some but insufficient consideration
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STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 Juggling work and care Three million people, 1 in 9 of the workforce, combine caring for a loved one with paid work. vi However, the significant demands of caring mean that many are forced to give up work altogether, due to a lack of rights, flexibility and high quality care services at home. Carers need to be supported so that they are able to juggle work and care and to enable them to return to work if they wish. (55%) said their physical health has worsened as a result of caring. Two thirds (67%) said they found it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, and half said they have reduced the amount of exercise they take (56%) and found it difficult to maintain a balanced diet (47%). Carers in paid work are also the group for whom it is least likely that their GP knows they are a carer, with a quarter (25%) of those in paid work reporting this. This suggests opportunities for them to be better supported in their caring role and to help them look after their own health and wellbeing are being missed. A third (37%) of carers responding to the survey reported currently being in paid work. As many as a quarter (25%) of those providing care for over 50 hours vVV&W'FVB&VrBv&bF6Rv&W'FVBfr6&W.( 276W76VBF0V"&W76W27VvvW7BFBFR&Gb6&W'2Bv&&RB&VrvfVFR7W'BFWVVB'FR6WF&GFVFVVvvR6&RvFv&fW"r6&W'2s2R6BFRVVBF6&R@v&B6&rv2VFW"B&W&ǒ66FW&VBFV"6&W.( 276W76VB"FR7W'BFW&V6VfVB"FBF2&V6VfVB6R'WB7Vff6VB66FW&F&W76W2W7G&FRr6&rFW2FV^( 2VVB'GVFW26VFr6&VW FWfVVB&F2B&6W22vV07FrW6&W'>( &ƗGFv&BB02BWBb6&W'2C2R6BFWBvfVWv&6WFVǒF6&RvF2R&W'FrF@FWB&WF&VBV&ǒF6&RRb6&W'2#R6BFWB&VGV6VBFV v&rW'2F6&RV&ǒbbv&r6&W'0CbR6BFBFWv&FR6RW'2'WBF@FV""2VvFfVǒffV7FVB'6&rF&VvF&VFW72FVW72B7G&W72BRb6&W'0&W'FVBfrBFFRW72VƖfVB" fRGW&VBFv&FFfB&VBFV"6&p&W76&ƗFW2fW"r6&W'0s2P6BFRVVBF6&R@v&B6&rv2VFW"@&W&ǒ66FW&VBFV"6&W.( 076W76VB"FR7W'BFW&V6VfVB"FBF2&V6VfVB6P'WB7Vff6VB66FW&FआfrFv&BFR6RFR2&fFr6&P26vf6BVffV7BV^( 2VF6&W'2Bv&vW&R&RƖVǒFfR7VffW&VBVFVF2&W7VBb6&rF6RFW"w&W26VFr7G&W72B熖WGvFfW"r6&W'0BVVBs"R&W'FrF2fW"`#