Carers UK | February 2019 | Research: More than 600 people quit work to look after older and disabled relatives every day
Research released by Carers UK reveals that 2.6 million people have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, with nearly half a million (468,000) leaving their job in the last two years alone – a figure that equates to more than 600 people every day. Carers UK report that this is a 12 per cent increase since Carers UK and YouGov polled the public in 2013.
The findings also show that more people are caring than previously thought, with almost 5 million workers now juggling their paid job with caring – a dramatic rise compared with Census 2011 figures of 3 million.
- 1 in 7 of the UK workforce caring for a loved one
- 6 million have quit their job to care
- Carers UK calls for better employment rights including five to 10 days paid care leave (Source: Carers UK)
In the news:
BBC News Carers quitting jobs from pressure