Women Returners and Innovate Finance joined forces and are launching a cross-company returner program in which Starling Bank is participating.
Starling, PrimaryBid but also Klarna decided to join this project and will offer 6-month returnship placements in Cardiff, London and Southampton from January 2022.
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This applies to all successful workers who have been away from the sector for at least 18 months.
The program launch page notes that workers might have taken some time out to attend to their children or elderly/sick relatives, “for relocation, for a personal health issue or for other reasons.”
It also mentions that professionals might have been working “on a small-scale basis to fit around other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years.”
Previously campaign launched by challenger Starling Bank wanted to point out that women are not represented respectfully in terms of their depiction with money.
While men are often photographed with notes, women are more likely to be seen with pennies and piggy banks.
Some of the most prominent UK startups, including Monzo, Wise, and GoCardless, fall below the national average of male to female median hourly pay.
However, Starling Bank managed to get just above the national average; for every sterling pound a man earns, a woman earns 0.84 pounds.
Anne Boden, CEO, Starling Bank, said: “Addressing the gender pay gap doesn’t have just one solution. Work on all fronts is needed. This includes paying women fairly and supporting women to flourish and thrive so they can access leadership and technical jobs that are valued and highly paid.”