"Ms Bright is one of a generation of workers caught in a demographic pincer, caring for elderly parents and raising children. Since November, she has helped to develop a programme at Aviva to support working carers and create carers’ networks. The company is one of a growing number of employers engaging in such activities as the population of elderly dependants increases. In the UK about 6.5m people are carers for adults, which the charity Carers UK predicts will rise to 9m by 2037. In the US, more than 1 in 6 adults have caring responsibilities.
Across Europe, 58 per cent of working-age carers are in paid employment, according to Eurofound, an EU agency, but many find it unsustainable and cease work. That creates a problem for carers, who suffer financially, and for employers, who lose experienced workers."
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