Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible

Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible
Wed Feb 6, 2019 10:12 AM
Hi There,

Did anyone else see the news yesterday about the shocking high number of carers who leave their employment to be full time carers due to their employers not being flexible with their caring role?

As a mum to a disabled child and a carer to a my dad this worries me about trying to get back into employment at some point - does anyone work as well as be a carer? how do you manage with your employer? how do you manage both roles?

I have added a link for the news article incase you haven't seen it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47116657

Thanks for reading.
Re: Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible
Wed Feb 6, 2019 16:09 PM
Hi Mum of Three.
I saw this yesterday too and also heard the subject being discussed on our local radio station.
I cared for my youngest child who had a serious medical condition and attempted to return to work when she started school - term time only and just ten hours a week. In theory it should have worked as I was flexible but my employer wasn't and, to cut a very long story short, I ended up leaving. Fast forward ten years and I attempted another return to work (different employer). This time I was working from home and all went well until the organisation was taken over by another organisation who were less supportive and wanted me to be office based and available for appointments. My situation was complicated and it would have been impossible to do that so, once again, I resigned.

I'm no longer a carer and am now working for an organisation which has a much more supportive attitude towards staff who are carers.
I would suggest that everyone finds out whether their organisation has a policy about employees who are carers - HR will know.
Anyone can request flexible working but I don't think that an organisation has to grant that request as they need to balance the needs of their business with the needs of their staff.
I heard somebody speaking yesterday about a campaign to introduce paid leave for carers in emergencies. I just googled it and found a link to the Carers FIRST website which says " Carers FIRST is proud to announce that it is backing a campaign to introduce Carers Leave led by Mending the Gap. Mending the Gap is campaigning for equality for working Carers and for them to be allowed paid leave to help in cases of emergency and to avoid Carers having to use holiday entitlement or take unpaid leave".

I would like to think that things have improved since I originally tried to return to work and I would be interested to hear about other people's experiences and wish you lots of luck with your own plans to return to work.
Re: Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible
Wed Feb 6, 2019 19:53 PM
Thank you very much for this post Mumofthree, some very important questions raised, and as mentioned by cupcake, CarersFIRST are supporting the Mending the Gap campaign and we are hoping this campaign opens doors to carers to be able to look after loved ones as well as maintaining employment.

Cupcake you have given some very useful experience around this subject, so we thank you for that andI hope it will reassure Mumofthree that there is hope for her to be able to go back to employment when the time is right. In addition to this I do hope more carers who also are in employment will be able to share their experiences too with us.

Ellen at CarersFIRST
Re: Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible
Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:33 AM
Thank you mumofthree for posting the bbc link, I found it very informative. It sounds like you have your hands full. I agree with Cupcake you need to ask future employers the right questions. Carer support organisations like CarersFIRST and Carers UK can provide you with up to date information and advice.

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/work-and-career/other-rights-at-work

Hope this helps
Last edited by Jaygee; Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:46 AM.
Re: Carers quitting jobs due to employers not being flexible
Tue Feb 19, 2019 15:38 PM

mumofthree originally posted: Hi There,

Did anyone else see the news yesterday about the shocking high number of carers who leave their employment to be full time carers due to their employers not being flexible with their caring role?

As a mum to a disabled child and a carer to a my dad this worries me about trying to get back into employment at some point - does anyone work as well as be a carer? how do you manage with your employer? how do you manage both roles?

I have added a link for the news article incase you haven't seen it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47116657

Thanks for reading.


Thanks for posting this. Although I have been lucky, a relative of mine was forced into redundancy because of his caring role and needing to take time off for hospital appointments etc. He is now self employed so has more flexibility but shouldn't have had to go this route.

I'm not sure some employers even consider the fact that some of their staff are carers!