The topic of gender diversity among UK firms has been a hot topic making headlines for months now with different sectors coming under the spotlight from charities to financial services.
Creating real change though which increases gender diversity is about a lot more than an ‘add women and stir’ approach, something Tony Blair tried in the 90s by positively discriminating in favour of women on Labour shortlists for parliamentary candidates.
Taking a broader approach to tackling the gender gap is something we’re very familiar with here at Plinkfizz. In 2010 we were presented with a Working Families Award for our family-friendly and flexible workplace practices, as we’ve always recognised that supporting work-life policies is good for business.
Now we’re proud to support a special event which aims to help employers get employees who have been on an extended career break back into work, because the statistics speak for themselves:
- 93 per cent of women surveyed in 2014 found difficulty combining caring responsibilities with a successful career.
- 1 million are economically inactive as a result of caring for their family or home. It is estimated that 25 per cent of those women were previously employed professionals.
- Given that almost 90 per cent of people out of paid work caring for family or the home are women, returner programmes can support gender diversity across the organisation.
Plinkfizz, as part of the Hyperlocal Everywhere Network of agencies, is helping to organise a morning business event on June 26th where 100 UK top employers are invited to be among the first to receive new advice and support on recruiting individuals looking to return to work after an extended career break.
This event is part of a £1.5 million package of support being made available to employers by the government for projects which help people back into paid employment in the private sector. Employers making a successful application before the August deadline could receive anything from £50,000 to £100,000to support their own projects which help returners back to work.
Are you an employer or HR professional Interested in finding out more and coming along? For more details and to book simply click here!