Carers – working

Working and caring

Working and caring

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An estimated 270,000 unpaid carers in Scotland work in addition to their caring role. A large number of them want to continue to work both for the income it provides and so that they have a life alongside caring. Employment can be rewarding in more ways than one, as can being a carer. But together, it can become a demanding combination

Looking for work?

If you are an adult carer looking to start or return to work or change career roles, we can help. The Carers Link Employability Service can provide a positive pathway to help you gain and sustain employment. We take a holistic approach to the job search process, making the most of your skills, experience and knowledge.

We can help with:

  • CVs
  • Applications
  • interview skills
  • volunteering or work placements (at Carers Link or elsewhere)
  •  and lots more.

Importantly, we will help you to balance any caring responsibilities with work and provide on-going support once you are in employment.

Your rights at work

The Work and Families Act 2006 gives carers who have been employed for at least 26 weeks the right to request flexible working. You can make one request for flexible working each year. Your employer must consider it but does not have to agree to it.

All employees also have the right to take time off for emergencies to respond to unexpected situations involving a dependant (someone they look after). This is regardless of how long they have worked for their employer.

Time off is unpaid, but at the discretion of the employer, can be, and often is, paid. Employees should inform their employer/line manager as soon as possible following the emergency. You can find out more on the Carer Positive website.

We are normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00 pm, but appointments (by phone, in person or online) out with these hours can be arranged. Currently mail is not being picked up from the office on a regular basis so if possible please email or phone us. During evenings and weekends, if you or someone you know requires urgent social work support, please call 0800 811 505.