An estimated 2.3 million people in the UK have given up their jobs to care for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and loved ones, a survey has found.
Less than a quarter of the population have seen their work affected by caring responsibilities, with almost three million people reducing their working hours to cope, an online poll for the charity Carers UK has revealed.
Out of the 2,073 adults Carers UK spoke to, the hardest hit were 45-54-year-olds, with nearly 30 per cent of them reporting that caring had taken a toll on their work.
The findings have prompted the organisation, along with the group Employers for Carers, to call for more support for people balancing work and caring roles.
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