Carers Flexible Working Rights

Are you a carer…do you know about your right to Flexible Working?

Flexible working can allow to balance your work alongside your caring responsibilities.

For more information about flexible working

you can download ‘Supporting working carers – a guide to requesting flexible working’ from the Carers UK website.

A request can cover changing hours, times or place of work. A flexible working pattern might be the difference between a carer continuing to work or having to resign and yet flexible working opportunities benefit everyone – employers, employees and their families.

Some employers provide better rights to flexible working than the basic rights outlined in this guidance so it’s a good idea to check your contract of employment as it may provide you with better entitlement.



Employees may be required to work within set times but outside of these ‘core hours’ have some flexibility in how they work their hours

Home working or teleworking

Teleworking is where employees spend part or all of their working week away from the workplace. Homeworking is just one of the types of teleworking.

Job sharing

Usually two employees share the work normally done by one person

Part time working

Employees might work short days or fewer days in a week

Shift-swapping or self-rostering

Employees agree shifts amongst themselves and negotiate with colleagues when they need time off with the process being overseen by managers

Staggered hours

Employees have various starting and finishing times meaning that goods and services are available outside traditional working hours

Compressed hours

Employees work their total hours over fewer days eg. A ten day fortnight is compressed into a nine day fortnight