A total of 7,397 carers and former carers responded to Carers UK’s annual State of Caring survey between March and May 2018.
Only responses from the 6,828 people currently providing care who completed the survey are included in this report as it is designed to provide a snapshot of caring in 2018. However, Carers UK will be using the responses of former carers in other pieces of work throughout the year.
Compared to the carer population as a whole, respondents to this survey were more likely to be female and caring for a high number of hours every week.
Of respondents to the State of Caring Survey 2018 who are currently caring:
- 75% live in England, 8% live in Northern Ireland, 9% live in Scotland, and 8% live in Wales.
- 78% identify as female and 20% identify as male.
- 24% consider themselves to have a disability.
- 1% are aged 0-24, 4% are aged 25-34, 12% are aged 35-44, 30% are aged 45-54, 33% are aged 55-64, 15% are aged 65-74 and 5% are aged 75 and over. As fewer 1% of carers currently providing care who are under 18 took part in the survey, we have not explored results specifically for this group in the report.
- 3% are lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- 12% also have childcare responsibilities for a non-disabled child under 18.
- 38% are in paid work (49% full-time and 51% part-time).
- 33% have been caring 15 years or more, 15% for between 10-14 years, 24% for 5-9 years, 25% for 1-4 years and just 3% have been caring for less than one year.
- 47% care for 90 or more hours every week, while 16% care for 50-89 hours, 24% for 20-49 hours and 5% care for 1-19 hours a week.
- Most (75%) care for one person, 19% care for two people, 4% for three people and 2% care for four or more people.