Who Cares? The business benefits of carer-friendly employment practices

Bevan S, Kettley P, Patch A | Report 330 | Institute for Employment Studies | Mar 1997

Social and demographic changes are involving an increasing number of families in caring responsibilities: for children, sick, disabled or elderly family members. Is this keeping skilled people out of the labour market? And what is the cost to employers in terms of productivity, sickness absence and staff turnover?

This report examines the effects on employers of adopting carer-friendly employment practices, and concludes that there are clearly demonstrable business and competitive benefits to be had.