Labour Research November 2016

Equality news

Working carers

Almost one in six British workers have had to take time off work, or work irregular hours to care for an elderly relative, a new survey has revealed. 

However, only one in five survey respondents were allowed to work flexibly in order to carry out their care duties, according to the study of 1,197 workers by health insurers Willis PMI Group.

More than a third of those workers have had to take sick leave to fulfil their caring responsibilities.

The research found that nearly one in four have taken time off as annual leave at some point due to the need to care for a relative, while one in three have taken compassionate leave.