PwC Increases The Number Of Places On Its ‘Back to Business’ Return To Work Programme

PwC has increased the number of places on its ‘Back to Business’ return to work programme tenfold to help get more talented women back into the workplace after career breaks.

The 16 week paid senior return to work programme started in PwC’s Deals business at the end of last year and due to its success is being extended to all of the firm’s business areas. 75% of the first intake have taken on permanent roles in PwC’s Deals business.

Back to Business is designed to help the transition back into the workplace and offers people the chance to work on client projects, upgrade their skills and broaden their professional network. At the end of the 16 weeks there is the opportunity to apply for a permanent role.

The programme is part of PwC’s wider efforts to improve diversity at all levels of its business and ensure a strong and sustainable pipeline of future women leaders. Other steps taken include getting the firm’s business leaders to set gender and ethnicity targets for the next three years, becoming one of the first organisations to publicly report its gender pay gap analysis, and offering shared parental leave to all employees.

Laura Hinton, head of people and executive board member at PwC, said:

“The success of our first Back to Business programme confirms that there are many talented women who want to return to work, but find it difficult to do so via normal recruitment routes due to the gap in their CV. We want to challenge the perception that a career gap is a bad thing and help women feel confident as they resume their careers.

“As well as focussing on building a strong pipeline of female leaders internally, Back to Business has shown us the value of challenging our recruitment processes to ensure we are not missing out on talented people.

“Return to work programmes are a win-win. People get the chance to restart their careers with confidence and organisations get access to a strong pool of experienced people.”

Krisztina Kovacs took part in PwC’s first Back to Business programme and has taken on a permanent role in PwC’s Deals business.

Commenting on her experience, Krisztina said:

“It is easy to assume that people haven’t developed during their career break, but the different learning experiences during this time really do matter. Back to Business is a great experience and a real bridge into returning to work. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. It is a brilliant way to get back to work and maybe to try something new in a related field.”

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