Returnships are on the rise in the UK, with 79% of the nation’s workers admitting they would be more inclined to join a company that offered a returnship programme. That’s according to a recent study data from , the UK’s leading independent job board, which 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.
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%) believing that not 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, respondents cited the following:
- To look after my children 30.3%
- To care for a family member 24.9%
- To take time out to travel 24.2%
- To go back into education 20.6%
- To set-up my own business 15.9%
“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. 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. That said, 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.
“ 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 upskill 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!”