UK professionals want more support in returnships

Returnships are on the rise in the UK, with 79 per cent of the nation’s workers admitting they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a scheme.

Returnships are on the rise in the UK, with 79 per cent of the nation’s workers admitting they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a returnships programme. That’s according to a recent study data from CV-Library , the UK’s leading independent job board, which also found that 73 per cent agree that it’s difficult to get back into the corporate world after taking a career break, rising to 77.6 per cent amongst women.

The survey of 1,200 professionals explored how they felt about these internship-like programmes, used to help experienced workers re-enter the workforce after a career break, with over two thirds (68.3 per cent) believing that not enough is being done to help these people return to work. This figure rose to 72 per cent amongst females.

The data also revealed that one in three (31.7 per cent) professionals have taken a break at some point and when asked why they took some time out from work, respondents cited the following:

To look after my children 30.3 per cent
To care for a family member 24.9 per cent
To take time out to travel 24.2 per cent
To go back into education 20.6 per cent
To set-up my own business 15.9 per cent

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library comments, ‘With one in three UK professionals admitting to taking a career break, it’s clear that this is not uncommon, especially amongst those who have children or a family to take care of. With this in mind, more needs to be done to help these professionals return to work after their break.

‘With the majority of workers stating that they would be more inclined to work for a company which offers returnships, businesses should take into consideration whether these programmes could benefit their business and help them to attract and retain a talented workforce.’

However, there still appears to be some mixed feelings about returnships. More than a third (35.1 per cent) of professionals believe that they might not be such a good idea as there’s no guarantee workers will get the job when it’s over.

A further 31.9 per cent say they believe that it could be a way for companies to exploit unconfident workers for lower wages. That said, the majority (85.6 per cent) believe they are a good idea, with 47 per cent stating that they are a great way to ease people back into the world of work.

Biggins concludes, ‘Though some clearly still have reservations about these schemes, for the majority, returnships seem like an appealing option. Businesses that are considering these programmes, or are already offering returnships, need to ensure that they are offering fair opportunities and pay to those taking part.

‘Returnships could be a great opportunity for employers to up-skill more senior professionals, and take on talented members of staff that could really strengthen their existing workforce. Not only this, but people that are given the opportunity to re-enter the workforce will likely remain more loyal to the company – a win-win for any business!’

Further reading on returnships

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Freddie Halvorson

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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