Some of the biggest challenges for returners and re-entrants that compound low confidence are not being taken seriously because of CV gaps, negative perceptions about commitment and willingness to learn and be flexible, and ageism.
As the war for talent hots up, some employers have recognised an untapped pool waiting to be accessed. BCS and Intellect are working with organisations and agencies to encourage the IT sector to wake up to the potential of both male and female returners and re-entrants.
This booklet, aimed at HR directors and their teams, has been produced as a partner to our Taking a Break guide for IT professionals. Containing examples and tips on innovative policies and programmes, we hope that it will help boost the opportunities for more IT professionals to manage their careers effectively in dialogue with employers.
IT professionals find it is easy to stay in touch through BCS membership, newsletters, contact meetings, home visits, and for those taking a sabbatical to travel, visiting overseas clients. Offering your IT professionals the BCS Taking a Break guide that is full of tips on keeping in touch and staying up to date with technology is an ideal way of getting employees in the right frame of mind for their break.
In encouraging your employees to return after a break, look at the policies that might be appropriate to your business and its size. If you are looking at attracting re-entrants, read on further about the support and training schemes. And of course attracting re-entrants might be an easy way to boost the diversity of your technical team, which is proven to benefit your bottomline performance.
Chief executive, BCS
Director general, Intellect