Government career break returner schemes launched

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Government career break returner schemes launched

Government career break returner schemes launched

28 August 2017

In the section Business

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Government schemes to help health workers, teachers, social workers and civil servants get back to work after a career break have been established.

The strategies are paid placements.

The first schemes offer 100 for social workers 50 places for civil servants and 300 for health professional returners.

The returner programmes are open to both genders, but are expected to particularly help women.

The places are being financed by the #5m earmarked in this year’s Budget.

The scheme could help those who’ve taken time out for other responsibilities or to bring children up.

“Millions of us want to take some time out from our careers, but it can be quite tough to return,” said skills minister Anne Milton.

“Women in particular find the routes back into employment closed off after taking time out to begin a family.”

The programs should make it “regular” for girls to return to the workplace and get on with their careers, and would ultimately help tackle the gender pay gap, ” she said.

The first schemes are for the public sector, but the government said it also talked to business groups.

Programmes being launched:

Servants: An initial returner programme for 50 returners across the UK will begin this October with placements between six weeks.

Social workers: A programme in three regions across England from November with placements for 100 work returners.

Allied health professionals: a programme for 300 allied health professional returners including physiotherapists, podiatrists, dietitians, and radiographers, across England.

Teachers: The Government Equalities Office will work to explore a returner programme.

Research from management consultancy PwC estimated addressing the career gap penalty could boost the UK economy by an annual #1.7bn.

For individual women, this means their yearly earnings could increase by an4,000 a year, PwC said.

The government said the public sector schemes were also directed at helping to tackle the gap between male and female pay, now 18.1%.

Women who take time from work earn about for each year spent from work that is paid, based on think tank The Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The Government Equalities Office is requesting responses from firms and individuals on how best to support.

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