A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support - Carers Trust.

Employers for Carers state ‘1 in 7 in your workforce will be caring for someone who is ill, frail or has a disability. In the current economic climate - it is an important time to retain skilled workers rather recruiting and retraining new staff.’

The 2011-2012 Diversity Survey highlighted that 6 per cent of non-student staff, 1 per cent of student staff and 7 per cent of student officers have caring responsibilities for someone other than dependents under the age of 18. This includes a parent, partner and other family member. 

Carers UK

Some of the advice Carers UK provides is state of caring 2014 and your work and careerCarers UK is a charity set up to help the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend. Carers UK provides information, advice and support for carers and also influences policy makers, employers and service providers, to help them improve carers' lives.

Carers Trust

The Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone who is a carer, and aims to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK. They also provide access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities.

Employers for Carers

Employers for Carers (EfC) is a membership organisation for employers that provide practical advice including briefings, factsheets and toolkits and sample HR policies. EfC also provides support for employers seeking to develop carer friendly policies and practices and retain skilled workers.

Caring at a Distance: bridging the gap - this is the first ever research survey undertaken of employers and employees on the topic of supporting or caring for an ill, frail or disabled relative, partner or friend who may be living in another part of the town, region, country or the world.

Who Cares Wins: The Social and Business Benefits of Supporting Working Carers – this report shows that the adoption of flexible working practices can save businesses’ time and money and highlights how three very different employers have created a supportive environment at work for carers.

The right to apply for flexible working: A short guide for employers, working parents and carers – Acas advice leaflet.