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Almost half of employees think staff with caring duties face discrimination

Almost half (47 per cent) of UK public sector workers believe employers discriminate against employees with caring responsibilities, research published yesterday has revealed.

The Unison-commissioned YouGov survey also found more than three-quarters (78 per cent) believed staying in a job was harder for carers or parents. 88 per cent of almost 3,000 public sector workers surveyed had either looked after an adult or were a parent.

In addition, 76 per cent reported feeling forced to make changes to their careers because of their caring responsibilities. Some had to quit altogether (17 per cent), while others took unpaid leave (32 per cent), or an hourly pay cut (9 per cent).

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December 4, 2018

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