Deloitte shows other businesses how it's done with innovative diversity scheme

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‘Big Four’ accountancy firm Deloitte has today announced impressive female partner promotions, as well as a new scheme to encourage more women to rejoin the workforce after having a career break, including having children.

Nearly one-third of its newly appointed partners are female, but to made sure it benefits from the skills of even more high-performing women, it has announced a ‘return to work’ scheme for Deloitte alumni.

The scheme will offer those who have been outside the workplace for three-six years (such as those who left to have children), a 12-week paid internship. The internships will run from September-December in term-time only, and the hope is that 80% of participants will be hired each time.

Emma Codd, Deloitte 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.”

She added: “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.”