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Nearly three quarters of people believe it is difficult to get back into the corporate world after taking a career break, according to a survey which shows growing support for returnship programmes.
The survey of 1,200 professionals by jobs board CV-Library shows 79% say they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a returnship programme. It also found that 73% agree that it’s difficult to get back into the corporate world after taking a career break, rising to 77.6% amongst women.
Over two thirds (68.3%) do not believe that enough is being done to help these people return to work. This figure rose to 72% amongst females.
The data also revealed that one in three (31.7%) professionals have taken a break at some point and when asked why they took some time out from work, with childcare being the most popular, followed by taking time out to care for a family member and taking time out to travel.
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “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. That said, it’s great to see that returnships are on the rise, and with the majority saying they’d be more inclined to work for a company which offers them, it’s obvious that this is something workers appreciate.”
The survey showed some doubts about returnships, however. Over a third (35.1%) 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% said they believe that it could be a way for companies to exploit unconfident workers for lower wages. Nevertheless, the majority (85.6%) believe they are a good idea, with 47% stating that they are a great way to ease people back into the world of work.