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Returners

We define returners as individuals who have taken a career break of at least 18 months. Whilst career returners are not only women, hiring career returners should assist in reducing the industry’s gender and diversity pay gap.

The goals of the workstream are to: 

  • Build the confidence of our member firms in taking their own returner initiatives. Hiring career returners should ultimately become business as usual. 
  • Promote career returners as including all genders, races and ethnicities. 
  • Promote the Investment and Savings Industry as a industry of choice to potential career returners. 
  • Boost confidence of potential returners to our industry. 

Our priorities are to: 

  • Track and measure the success of our third cross-company returners programme and to launch a fourth programme either at the end of the year or part way through if demand should exist from employee firms. 
  • Offer follow-up training for those candidates who are unsuccessful in securing roles. 
  • Explore launching a mentoring programme for potential returners to our industry. 
  • Ensure website materials remain up-to-date and relevant. 
  • Continue to highlight to the industry the many different ways that returners can be brought (back) into our industry. 

Since 2020, the Diversity Project has partnered with Women Returners, the Return to Work Specialists, to deliver the Diversity Project: Cross-Company Returner Programme, a 6-month returnship. The aim of the programme is to increase diversity in gender, ethnicity, age and experience within the Investment and Savings Sector. It is an opportunity for Diversity Project members to benefit from an experienced talent pool of professionals and to collaborate to drive the diversity agenda at a sector level.

The programme targets experienced professionals who have taken a career break of 18 months or more. It is a fully supported route back to work, including the coaching delivered as a cohort providing cross-company peer support network, an internal mentor and a buddy.

 2022 highlights so far.. which launched in April this year, the number of employers has gone up from 7 to 10: abrdn, AON, Aviva Investors, DWS, Fidelity International, Janus Henderson, Northern Trust, PGIM Fixed Income, Schroders, WTW. The number of returners went up to 27.  

This year, the roles are varied and include; Research Analyst,  Responsible Investment  Manager, Consultant in Investment Consulting team, Global Equity Analyst, Assistant Fund Manager, Investment Director, Project Manager, Business Change Senior Manager, Portfolio Engineer, Credit Analyst, Manager Research Analyst, ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager 

In 2021, 86% of the 20 returners secured permanent roles.

In the pilot in 2020, we had five participating organisations and 11 returners that were primarily placed in front office roles and also included project and change management. The programme was successful for both the participating organisations and the returners, with 9 out of 11 returners securing permanent employment at the end of the programme. 

Workstream Videos

Ask Me Anything: Returners - how to access a diverse talent pool

Why you are missing out on diverse returning talent

Vox Pops 1 - DP Returners: An Untapped Source of Talent

Vox Pops 2 - DP Returners Event: An Untapped Source of Talent

DP Returners Event: Analysis of Current Returner Activity in the Sector 3 - June 2019

DP Returner Event: Analysis of Current Returner Activity in the Sector - June 2019

DP Returners Event: Returner Talent Pool and the Business Case - June 2019

DP Returner Event: Returner Talent Pool and the Business Case 2 - June 2019

DP Returners Event: Returner Talent Pool and the Business Case 3 - June 2019

DP Returners Event: Returner Programme case study – Aviva Investors Return to Work Programme 1

DP Returners Event: Returner Programme case study – Aviva Investors Return to Work Programme 2

DP Returners Event: Returner Programme case study – Aviva Investors Return to Work Programme

DP Returners Event: Returner Experience Post Programme - June 2019

Member Quotes

"I attended the Diversity Project Return to Work accelerator earlier this year, four fortnightly sessions run by the Women Returners Coaching Team. I learnt a lot as part of that project and I am delighted to have secured a role on a returnship programme! I must admit that I may not be in this position without this expert training and support. Now I am ready to engage further in taking bigger steps to hopefully securing a permanent job in an amazing team and company. Thank you for all brillaint work that you all do"

Elena Davies, Returner 2021

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