This research looks at the experiences and preferences of low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people in balancing work and care responsibilities. It examines the particular challenges faced by these ethnic minority groups, and the challenges for employers and policy.
For most people, the two most important roles in life are caring for loved ones and working to earn a living. Over the past decades, more people have entered the labour market, while the proportion of those providing care has risen too. These developments create challenges for those seeking to ‘balance’ work and care, and are likely to continue given underlying demographic changes and developments in the labour market.
- Discrimination prevents low-income ethnic minority people from balancing work and care;
- Many people are unaware of free childcare provision for 2-4 year olds;
- Benefit changes are likely to make it more difficult to balance work and care for these people;
- Attitudes towards caring vary greatly across ethnic groups; and
- Caring responsibilities were predominantly taken up by women.
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