UNEMPLOYMENT / MAR. 18, 2015
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Pilot Series Explore Ways to Keep Carers in Employment

National Statistics provided by the UK Government show that females are usually stuck with caring responsibilities. Out of 5.4 million carers in the UK, 57.7% are women left with handling family obligations as they work full-time on a job. At times, it’s hard for carers to find ways to balance outside work and at-home duties. This has put a strain on millions of people who are trying to manage all their responsibilities at once.

A £1.6 million project launched by two British ministers will soon be able to help carers efficiently juggle work and home-care duties.

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Practice Reforms Intend to Give Professional Support

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan and Norman Lamb, Minister for Care and Support at the Department for Health, have both developed a 2-year experiment to help carers keep their paid jobs while at the same time tending to their home-care duties.

"Carers who feel forced to leave their jobs are a real loss to the workforce and economy," Minister Morgan said. "We want to give people the peace of mind about their loved ones that helps them keep their jobs."

The pilots will be centered in nine different locations including areas like Northamptonshire, Gateshead, North Somerset, and Staffordshire and Stoke.

One of the pilots plans to use technology to assist them with giving more professional support to carers. Email alerts and smartphones will be used to monitor the person being taken care of and to alert the carer of any news while they’re away.

Another part of the trial run will implement pop-up care centers and business schools to assist with any caring support or to help carers with self-employment. The pilots will also look to employers as a helpful tool as far as providing more lenient work schedules to full-time carers.

Dr. Ros Altmann, the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, says employers are a major part of making sure that carers receive the help they need."Those bosses who are ready to help their employees move to part-time or flexible hours are seeing their staff paying them back in spades with loyalty and by adding value to their company," he said.

Not only do the ministers of this operation hope that it will provide more support to the carers and their families, but they also hope that it will continue to help the economy save. "Too many carers find it difficult to balance their important caring roles with their work commitments. This has costly implications not only for them, but for our businesses and economy too," said Minister Lamb.

Major Influences of the Trial Run

The implementation of these pilots has come as the result of several factors. For one, the pilots will be a continuation of the Care Act, which will be effective April 2015.

Also, the Public Health Responsibility Deal’s pledge to focus more on people suffering from chronic conditions has inspired the start of the pilots. The network has guaranteed to provide support to unpaid carers by ensuring that their employers are properly assisting them with their own workplace performance, well-being, and life outside the normal caring routine.

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More importantly, women who are at a disadvantaged in the workforce because of at-home responsibilities will benefit from it the most. The experiment will explore what needs to be changed to make sure females are fairly represented in the workplace.

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