Working and Employment

As a carer, it can be incredibly hard to juggle work and caring, with many carers having to give up work to care for their loved one full time. But if you are still working and caring, or you are looking to get back into work after a period of looking after someone, it’s important to know your rights.

Right to request flexible working

All employees have a right to request flexible working after they have worked for the same employer for 26 weeks (six months), as long as they haven’t already made a flexible working request within the last 12 months. Flexible working could mean working from home, compressed working hours, flexi-working, job sharing and more. Find out more about requesting flexible working here. 

Right to time of in an emergency

All employees have the right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off work to deal with an emergency or an unforeseen matter. This may be your partner, child or parent, or someone living with you as part of your family – others who rely on you for help in an emergency may also qualify. The time off is unpaid unless your employer is willing to give paid time off as a contractual right. Find out more on the Carers Trust website here.

Returners Programme

Thanks to funding from the Government Equalities Office, if you are in need of help resuming your career after a period of looking after someone we’re here to support you. Our Returners’ Programme offers you a reintroduction to the workplace and can provide you with support and tools to address issues such as confidence as well as updating industry-specific knowledge.

  • Helping you to update your workplace skills with free resources & training;
  • Funding to update specific industry qualifications;
  • 1-2-1 support if you are really struggling;
  • Mentoring & volunteering opportunities with local employers;
  • Jobs from carer friendly employers.

Find out more on our dedicated website here.

Work Wiltshire

Aimed at a range of people including, employers, young people, parents/carers, the Work Wiltshire website has vital employment and skills information for young people, employers, those who are vulnerable, have complex needs or disabilities and people who require financial support. https://workwiltshire.co.uk/

Working for Carers

Our Working for Carers initiative helps employers support the carers in their workforce, retain staff and boost their employer brand.