Deloitte has announced a new return-to-work scheme which aims to attract more senior female leaders back into the workforce.
The firm announced the scheme in conjunction with news that nearly a third of its 75 new partners – the largest intake ever – are female. It says this reflects the success of measures introduced by the firm to identify and retain high-performing women.
Announcing the new return-to-work scheme, David Sproul, chief executive and senior partner at Deloitte UK, said: “It is positive that this year, a higher proportion of our new partners are women. 25% of both the firm’s Executive and Board are female and we are committed to continuing to do more to create more opportunities in Deloitte for women at a senior level.”
The return-to-work scheme offers a 12-week paid internship to women who have been out of the workforce for between three and six years. The scheme will run from September to December, during term-time only. In the first year, it will be open to Deloitte alumni and the ambition is for 80% of participants to take up longer-term roles with the firm at the end of their internship.
Emma Codd, managing partner for talent, said: “Gender diversity at leadership levels remains a challenge for many businesses, but there is an ever-increasing understanding of the issues that hold women back in the workplace and the ways in which we can best tackle these. We have implemented a series of actions to increase the number of women we recruit, to ensure that development opportunities are clearly available and to provide a working environment that enables women to balance a successful career with family life.”