A systematic review was carried out within DWP in order to enhance understanding of the employment-level consequences of informal caring.
The research objective of the secondment was to carry out a systematic review of literature on the potential triggers for informal carers leaving the labour market to provide care.
The systematic review answered the following questions:
- what causes carers to experience a change in labour market status from employed to either unemployed or economically inactive as a result of caring responsibilities
- when does this labour market transition occur in the individual’s caring journey
The report highlights the barriers faced by carers who wish to be in employment, the strategies in-work carers use to retain employment and the barriers to employment re-engagement when a carer has left the labour market.