PwC backs calls for more returnships

Published at 14:03 PM on 23 January 2017

Following calls from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Work for more employers to put in place paid returner programmes or returnships, Laura Hinton, head of people at PwC, which has had a return to work programme in place since 2015, said:

“The business and economic arguments for getting more women back into work can’t be ignored and we support the calls for more organisations to introduce returnships. Our research shows that two-thirds of professional women go into lower-skilled or lower-paid roles when returning to work after career breaks. If we can address the career break penalty, the UK economy could see a £1.7bn boost, women will get higher earnings and businesses will benefit from a stronger pipeline of female leaders and more diverse teams.

“Starting our own returnship programme in 2015 has been a win-win. Women are getting the chance to restart their careers with confidence and support, and we've attracted a pool of talented people that we might not have previously."

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