Carers returning to work

If you are caring for someone, you might feel that you can't work because of your caring role. There is help if you want paid employment. When you're back in work and earning, this can affect entitlements and benefits you receive as a carer.

Options for returning to work

You may want to:

  • return to work when a period of caring has come to an end
  • return or start working while still caring for someone

If you've been caring for someone, you may find it difficult to return to paid employment. You may have lost confidence and feel out of touch with the world of work.

As a carer, you have learned new skills that could benefit many employers. Some employers actively recruit carers who gave up work but now wish to return. Think about any additional costs you may need to pay if you are going into paid employment, for example, more help at home.

Ways into employment

If you are unemployed you could talk to:

  • others who have been in a similar position
  • organisations that can give advice
  • an employment advisor at your local Jobs and Benefits office

Let them know that you are either currently caring for someone, or you are no longer looking after someone. They can help ease you back into employment and can also give advice on training opportunities.

If you want to apply for a job, it's worth checking your potential employer's policy on carers.  Ask them about flexible working opportunities.

Effect on benefits

Going back to work may have an impact on any entitlements and benefits you receive as a carer. The amount of hours you do, how much you earn and your savings will be taken into consideration. There's more information in the 'Money, Tax and Benefits' section.

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