Carers UK carried out an online survey between March and May 2019. A total of 8,069 carers and former carers responded to the survey – we have only included responses from the 7,525 people who are currently providing care in this report. 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 survey:
- 73% live in England, 10% live in Scotland, 9% live in Northern Ireland, and 8% live in Wales.
- 81% identify as female and 18% identify as male.
- 24% consider themselves to have a disability.
- 1% are aged 0–24, 4% are aged 25–34, 13% are aged 35–44, 30% are aged 45–54, 32% are aged 55– 64, 14% are aged 65–74, and 5% are aged 75 and over.
- 3% identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- 5% described their ethnicity as black or minority ethnic.
- 20% also have childcare responsibilities for a non-disabled child under 18.
- 39% are in paid work. Of those, 47% work full-time and 53% part-time.
- 31% have been caring for 15 years or more, 15% for between 10–14 years, 24% for 5–9 years, 26% for 1–4 years, and just 4% have been caring for less than one year.
- 46% care for 90 or more hours every week, while 17% care for 50–89 hours, 23% care for 20–49 hours, and 13% care for 1–19 hours a week.
- Most (74%) care for one person, 20% care for two people, 5% for three people, and 2% care for four or more people.
As not all respondents completed every questions in the survey, a number of the figures given in this report, including those presented in this Appendix, are based upon responses from fewer than 7,525 carers. This, together with the sample sizes of different groups, should be taken into consideration when reading the results.