- 1 in 7 of Scottish workforce caring for a loved one
- More than 300,000 people in Scotland have quit their job to care
- Carers Scotland marks five years of Carer Positive employer benchmarking scheme
New research by Carers Scotland reveals that more than 300,000 people in Scotland have quit their job to care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.
The research shows the average number of carers in the workplace is 15% across the UK, meaning almost 400,000 people in Scotland are juggling their paid job with caring. That is one in seven of all workers in Scotland.
The research emphasises the need for Scottish employers to support the rapidly increasing number of staff with caring responsibilities to stay in the workforce.
Previous research shows those aged 45-64 are most likely to have a caring responsibility, providing a strong driver for employers to support and retain some of their most skilled and experienced employees.
It comes in the year marking the fifth anniversary of the Scottish Government funded initiative Carer Positive. The pioneering scheme encourages employers to support their staff with caring responsibilities and understand the business case for doing this. Over 130 organisations across Scotland have been recognised as Carer Positive Employers, awarded for their commitment and actions in developing carer friendly and inclusive workplaces.