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This half day event seeks to highlight the benefits of recruiting individuals looking to return to work after an extended career break, often because of caring responsibilities.

We’re looking for 100 of the UK’s top employers to be among the first to receive new advice and support on the issue and hear from leading voices about their first-hand experience of offering returner programmes within the workplace.

The event, which is being organised by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) comes as latest research reveals the scale of the issue:

  • Returners struggle to get back into jobs commensurate with their skills and experience and the majority (93%) of the 23,000 women surveyed by Business in the Community in 2014 found difficulty in combining caring responsibilities with a successful career.
  • There are 2.1m women who are economically inactive for caring for their family or home. PricewaterhouseCoopers recently estimated that 25% of such women were previously employed professionals.
  • Around three quarters of women surveyed by Opportunity Now would like to return to work at some point; however, significant barriers, both personal and structural, stand in their way.
  • Given that nearly 90% of people out of paid work caring for family or the home are women, returner programmes can support greater gender diversity across an organisation.
  • The OECD has estimated that equalising participation of men and women in the labour market could increase GDP by 10% by 2030.

Benefits of assisting returners back into the workplace have been shown to include an increase in gender diversity and the potential to increase the number of women in senior roles within an organisation. There are simple things you can do to attract and retain returners, and it does not necessarily require a huge commitment or level of resource.

Join us for a morning of presentations on the benefits of Returner Progammes and guidance on how best to run one, followed by a Q&A from a selection of employers from a range of sectors who currently run programmes or take on supported hires.

For details on the guest speakers, please click here .

Price: Free

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