LinkedIn has chosen their EMEA HQ in Dublin to launch a new pilot programme – Returnin – aimed at helping people back into work after taking a career break to look after children or care for family members.

Returnin will initially see the creation of 10 new jobs at LinkedIn’s EMEA HQ in Dublin across a range of areas including sales, global customer operations and talent acquisition. The Returnin programme has been designed specifically to support people who have taken time off for family reasons and help them to reconnect with their professional careers.

LinkedIn will offer returning professionals additional training, an extended onboarding period, and the provision of ongoing mentoring to ensure that they make a seamless transition back into the workforce. The online professional network also provides additional supports such as its PerkUp! employee benefit program which consists of an allowance that can be spent on items like babysitters or help at home to make work-life balance during the transition easier.

The programme will be of particular interest to women, who are the most highly-educated section of the Irish workforce – over 55% of those aged between 25-35 have a third-level qualification compared with just over 40% men. Despite this, there are around 52,000 women seeking either full-time or part-time employment, according to Central Statistics Office (CSO) figures, and it is thought that there are more that have stopped looking for work. The data also shows that there are just over 195,000 carers in Ireland, with 117,000 women carers comprising over 60% of the total.

LinkedIn recognises the role that the private sector has to play to help to expand opportunity for everyone in the Irish workforce, creating solutions that support Government initiatives to address childcare and nursing home care costs – two primary factors for why some people opt out of the workforce for a period of time.

Speaking about the Returnin programme, Sharon McCooey, Head of LinkedIn in Ireland, said: “We are launching Returnin in Ireland for three reasons: First, we need skilled workers – we see that many of them have fallen out of the labour market due to family commitments and we think that we can help them reconnect with their careers. Second, we want to build a team as diverse as the market we serve – and that includes a diversity of ages and family experience, we think Returnin will help us appeal to older workers and parents. Third, we see this an obstacle to economic opportunity – and our driving force as a company is to overcome such barriers – we hear from parents and carers that returning to work can be daunting and complicated, with Returnin we can offer more specific help”.

“LinkedIn was my first job after two years off to look after my children, the company was hugely supportive of me at that time, and I am excited to be able to extend the same opportunity to others who need that same chance.”

Three roles are currently available, with more to come, and people who are interested can find out more and see the available jobs at https://lnkd.in/returnin.

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