Working caregivers need more support from employers: NTUC U Family survey

Working Singaporeans with caregiving responsibilities need more support from employers, according to an online survey by NTUC's family development unit, U Family. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Working Singaporeans with caregiving responsibilities need more support from employers, according to an online survey by NTUC's family development unit, U Family. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Working Singaporeans with caregiving responsibilities need more support from employers, according to an online survey by NTUC's family development unit, U Family.

The survey, conducted in August this year, aimed to find out more about the needs of working Singaporeans with caregiving responsibilities. The findings were released on Saturday, at the sidelines of NTUC's mass family picnic event.

Of the 3,418 working caregivers surveyed, 77 per cent do not have eldercare leave, and 62 per cent do not have flexible work arrangements. About 60 per cent of them also said they struggle with time in their caregiving responsibilities.

Some 217 caregivers who are not working also participated in the survey. About 72 per cent of them left the workforce to look after family members. Three quarters of them said they would have reconsidered their decision to quit if they were given flexi-work arrangement options.