Employment

Key facts

Insight from relevant policy and research to consider as background to Carer Passport schemes

  • Around three million people in the UK combine work with unpaid caring responsibilities, including two million who work full-time and one million part-time. (Census, 2011)
  • While part-time working is much more common amongst carers than non-carers, carers are also more likely to stop working altogether as they struggle to switch to part-time hours. Over two million people have given up work at some point to care for loved ones, and three million have reduced working hours. (Caring and Family Finances Inquiry, Carers UK, 2014)
  • The majority of carers are of working age and the peak age for caring (50 - 64) often coincides with the peak of an individual’s career. One in five people in this age bracket are carers, including one in four women and one in six men. (Census, 2011)

One in five people aged 50 to 64 are carers

  • The number of working age carers is set to increase as our population and workforce ages, with an estimated 40% rise in the number of carers needed by 2037, meaning the carer population in the UK will reach 9 million. (It Could Be You, Carers UK, 2001)
  • Younger carers in work aged 20 - 21 are more likely to be in lower skilled occupations than their peers. (Hidden from View: The experiences of young carers in England, Children’s Society, 2013)
  • Out of a sample group of 77 carers, 32 young adult carers in work informed their managers of their caring role. Just under half of these reported that their managers were not supportive. (Young Adult Carers and Employment, Sempik and Becker, Carers Trust, 2014)

Employers

An Employer Carer Passport scheme provides a straightforward way to discuss and document the flexibility and support a business can give to enable employees to combine caring with work.

Hospitals 

A Hospital Carer Passport scheme helps recognise carers’ role in supporting patient treatment and care, keeping carers involved and taking simple actions to make them feel welcome .

Mental Health Trusts 

A Mental Health Trust Carer Passport would draw together a variety of support for carers, setting out how the Trust recognises, involves and supports them as partners in care.

Community

A Community Carer Passport scheme helps to identify carers, connects them to information and support and often involves benefits such as discounts in local businesses

Education 

A Carer Passport in a school, college or university supports the early identification of young carers and adult carers, leading to support both within the organisation and through connections with local services.

Info for Carers

Carer Passport schemes are entirely voluntary, but with your help we can spread the word and make the case that everyone wins when carers are recognised and supported.