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Research

Employers for Carers and Carers UK has carried out and produced a range of research reports which you will find in this section. You will find the latest research and evidence on the need for, and benefits of, supporting carers in the workforce. Most of the reports are available to download in pdf format.

Employers for Carers and Carers UK have undertaken targeted research into the impact of caring as a cause of isolation in the workplace. This study was undertaken between December 2014 and February 2015 to improve understanding of: how and why working carers can often feel lonely or isolated (either at work or at home) even when they may be part of a busy workplace or wider family unit how working carers can best be supported…
With our ageing population and workforce, dementia is becoming an increasingly significant issue in the workplace, with more and more people combining work with caring for a loved one. In recognition of this, Carers UK and Employers for Carers carried out an employer and employee survey between October 2013 and January 2014 to find out the impact of working while also caring for someone with dementia. This report sets out the key findings and emerging…
This ground-breaking report by Government, Employers for Carers and Carers UK, sets out the economic case for supporting the growing number of workers who also care for older or disabled relatives. Download the full report or read the report summary below. Alongside this report Employers for Carers has published a European Evidence Paper - Supporting Working Carers. This Research was commissioned for the Department of Health and Employers for Carers Task & Finish Group to…
This Research was commissioned for the Department of Health and Employers for Carers Task & Finish Group to develop and present the evidence on international practice in supporting carers in employment. The full report and summary can be downloaded below. This report accompanies the publication of the ground-breaking report by Government, Employers for Carers and Carers UK, Supporting Working Carers which sets out the economic case for supporting the growing number of workers who also…
Employers are increasingly recognising caring as a key issue for workforce retention, recruitment and resilience. In the current economic climate understanding why this matters for business has never been so important. To help understand these issues, Employers for Carers conducted an online survey targeted at employers in the UK during the period December 2012 - January 2013. The survey aimed to gather more information on the business benefits of supporting carers in the workplace.
Today more and more parents are combining looking after young children with caring for older or disabled loved ones. This is sometimes called ‘sandwich caring’ or ‘dual caring’ and those who fall under this category are usually referred to as ‘the sandwich generation’. But this dual role can sometimes come at a cost and carers may suffer from ill health, face difficulties to access or stay in the labour market or experience financial hardship. Employers…
This research examines the impacts on employers and employees of managing caring at a distance. With our ageing population and workforce – and increasing mobility through employment – managing caring at a distance is moving centre stage as a business issue. The research is based on a survey of around 1000 employees who have caring responsibilities at a distance, along with 50 major employers.
The University of Sheffield Hallam’s Social Inclusion Centre. Sue Yeandle, Cinnamon Bennett, Lisa Buckner, Lucy Shipton, Anu Suokas (Carers UK 2006) Research shows that the adoption of flexible working practices can save businesses’ time and money – with some companies reporting savings of over £1 million (full report, executive summary and statistical report).
By Lisa Buckner and Sue Yeandle, University of Leeds. (Carers UK 2006) In the future most people's lives will include at least one episode of unpaid caring. Find out the facts behind the people who balance their job with caring for a relative or friend. Already, 2.5 million people in England and Wales combine paid work with unpaid caring for a partner, relative or friend who is ill, frail or has a disability. 1.5 million…
New joint research, In Sickness and In Health, published in Carers Week 2012 by Carers UK and the seven other Carers Week charities, shows that over 8 in 10 carers have seen a negative impact on their physical health as a result of caring. Almost 9 in 10 reported caring taking a toll on their mental health and over a third had suffered a physical injury as a result of caring. With 64 per cent…
In the first of Carers UK's Future Care series, Care and technology in the 21st century explores the current landscape on care and technology and calls for a technological transformation in the way we support families caring for ill, frail and disabled loved ones. The report argues that the way families already use technology to work, plan their lives, shop and socialise should also be reflected in how we care and calls on the Government…
In the second of Carers UK's Future Care series, Growing the Care Market looks at reform of social care through an economic lens - exploring the economic costs to families and business of a lack of support forcing carers to give up work to care, but also the economic opportunities of stimulating growth in the care market. Looking to international evidence, and exploring the barriers and stimulants to growth, the report calls for a new…
Report 3: Diversity in Caring: towards equality for carers Report No. 3 highlights new evidence about carers in all their diversity and about how different groups of carers experience their caring situation, especially in relation to their ability to combine caring with paid employment. The CES study includes responses from ethnic minority carers, and extensive data about carers supporting someone living in a rural area, carers in difficult financial circumstances, and carers in poor health.…
Report 1: Stages and Transitions in the Experience of Caring. Report No. 1 is about how carers access and experience the support and services they need to undertake their caring role and to maintain their own health and wellbeing at different stages of caring. It includes evidence about the kind of support carers who are in paid work need, and how it looks at how carers can be helped to care and have a life…
Report 2: Managing Caring and Employment Report No. 2 is about how services are used by carers to support them in managing caring alongside paid employment. The report also explores the difficulties carers face when trying to combine work and care if services do not meet their needs or are not available, and considers the situation of carers who have had to give up work in order to care, or who are trying to return…
Report 4: Carers, Employment and Services in their Local Context Report No. 4 explores some of the differences in the services and support available to working carers and other carers considering combining work and care, according to where they live in Great Britain. It summarises the policy context in relation to carers as it has emerged over the past 10-15 years, and highlighting differences in social care arrangements between England, Scotland and Wales. It examines…
Report 5: Impact of the Action for Carers and Employment partnership Report No. 5 provides an overview of the ACE partnership 2002-7. It outlines the main purposes of ACE, which were to raise awareness of the barriers facing carers who want to work, and to test the mechanisms that can support them in combining work and care. The report provides a summary of what the ACE project achieved through its operational, research, policy and transnational…
Report 6: Time for a new social contract? Report No. 6 presents a summary of the main findings from the CES study about carers in England, Wales and Scotland.