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Aim

Changing life courses are a rising phenomenon in most European countries: increasing female employment, the necessity to reconcile employment and care in several life phases (this is no longer limited to young parents), extension, differentiation and prolongation of old age, as well as receipt of care as a distinct phase in old age have become important structural features of contemporary life courses, with new challenges for individual and society. These will be approached from both the perspectives of family carers and that of the working environment. Thereby, the issue of productivity will be touched upon: the more important future challenges in economy and society have to be mastered by an ageing workforce, the more important it becomes to maintain and to support its capacity/productivity.

The topic of reconciliation of employment and family care is highly relevant for future societies undergoing socio-demographic change since it affects the future working environment as much as the future provision of care for older people – both areas facing particularly serious challenges in the future.

The aim of the project is the deduction of concrete recommendations for improving the conditions for working caregivers at the enterprise and social policy level. Thus, a forward-looking and sustainable care provision can be guaranteed in an ageing society, and new productivity potentials in the form of highly motivated employees can be made accessible.

Therefore this research compares:

in four European countries (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Poland).