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“There’s false perception that people’s skills erode when they are not working.” Beyond Wealth Focus,, 21 February 2024

Could ‘returnships’ help more women return to the workforce after a career break?, Stylist Magazine Online, 14 November 2023

Hybrid work is about more than just flexibility for women returning from career breaks—it’s a ‘great enabler’ for their professional lives, Fortune, 5 November 2023 

Employers woo women back to work from career breaks, Financial Times, 17 October 2023

Five over-50s who fought their way back to work, The Sunday Times, 19 March 2023 (subscribers only)

To Hire Top Talent, Think of Women Returners, Eve Programme Web Magazine, 21 November 2019

Could a ‘returnship’ be the answer to the gap on your CV?, Refinery29, 21 November 2019

Towards normalisation of career breaks, Working Mums, 22 October 2019

Why UK businesses need more returnships for women, The Telegraph, 1 October 2019

Why we need to close the tech gender gap. Management Today, 27 June 2019

Women returners are good for business and society, New Scientist (Mediaplanet supplement), 20 June 2019

Why UK businesses need more returnships for women, The Telegraph, 1 October 2019

Building the business case for returnships, Personnel Today. 21 November 2018

Returnships: can the hiring programme help mothers return to work. The Guardian 30 August 2018

Are returnships right for your small business? The Telegraph, 6 July 2017

Returnships ease mothers back into work. The Times, 25 February 2017 (subscription)

Women head back to work with ‘returnships’. Financial Times, 21 February 2017 (subscription)

The rise of the midlife ‘returnship’. The Sunday Telegraph, 5 February 2017

The forgotten army. The Sunday Times, 5 February 2017 (subscription)

How midlife internships are helping workers back into top jobs after a long career break. The Guardian, 26 June 2016

Solving the return-to-work dilemma. The Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2016

Go back, to the future. Financial Times, 12 November 2015

Five things I want to tell employers about women returning to work.  Guardian Women in Leadership, 23 March 2015

Baby come back: the rise of ‘returnships’ to combat the female brain drain. London Evening Standard, 29 April 2014

Returnships: A bridge back to work for women leaders. The Guardian, 16 April 2014 (the first UK article on returnships, written by Julianne, CEO Women Returners)

“There’s false perception that people’s skills erode when they are not working.” Beyond Wealth Focus,, 21 February 2024

Redefining Career Breaks: Julianne Miles’ MBE MBA’93J Advocacy for Inclusion, INSEAD, 20 February 2024

Is this insurance’s great untapped talent pool?, Insurance Business, 6 February 2024

Insurers partner with Career Returners & Insurance Families Network to provide employee placement opportunities, Protection Reporter, 25 January 2024

Five insurance firms to take part in new programme helping individuals return to work, Insurance Times, 24 January 2024

Sage teams up with Career Returners in moves to help ‘economically inactive’ back to work, Business Live, 22 January 2024

4 game-changing pieces of career advice we’re taking into 2024, Stylist Magazine Online, 18 December 2023

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Interview with Julianne Miles MBE, Women Returners Co-Founder, Equality Hub, YouTube, 30 November 2023 

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with Julianne Miles MBE, Women Returners Co-Founder, Equality Hub, 20 November 2023

Could ‘returnships’ help more women return to the workforce after a career break?, Stylist Magazine Online, 14 November 2023

Hybrid work is about more than just flexibility for women returning from career breaks—it’s a ‘great enabler’ for their professional lives, Fortune, 5 November 2023 

Employers woo women back to work from career breaks, Financial Times, 17 October 2023

Pimfa reveals winner of D&I awards, Portfolio Adviser, 13 October 2023

Getting a Grip on Midlife Management – The UK (and Women) Lead the Way, Forbes, 28 September 2023

Bristol logistics employer partners with Women Returners to support professionals on a career break, Business Live, 31 August 2023

Expatriés à Londres: les programmes dédiés au retour à l’emploi des femmes sont-ils vraiment efficaces? Le Figaro, 27 June 2023
How to smooth the return to work transition for women, Irish Independent and Mediaplanet Online, 22 June 2023

Government funding supports returners to STEM in Midlands and North, New Scientist and Mediaplanet Online, 22 Jun 2023

Expleo invests in initiatives to attract women back to the workplace,, 22 June 2023 

Five over-50s who fought their way back to work, The Sunday Times, 19 March 2023 (subscribers only)

Giving confidence to return to work, The Microbiologist, 17 March 2023

Government-funded support to help parents and carers return to STEM, WeAreTechWomen, 14 March 2023

Now Available is Government-Funded Support to Help Parents and Carers in Lancashire Return to STEM, Business Lancashire, 14 March 2023

Government-Funded Support to Help Parents and Carers Return to STEM in Cheshire Now Available, Business Cheshire, 14 March 2023

Government-Funded Support To Help Parents And Carers Return To STEM Now Available, Business Mondays, 14 March 2023

Government-funded parents and carers STEM support available, ADS Advance, 14 March 2023

Parents and Carers in Greater Manchester Return to STEM With Government-Funded Support, Business Manchester, 14 March 2023

NW business briefs: STEM ReCharge,, 14 March 2023

Free STEM returner programme for Midlands and North, Working Mums, 14 March 2023

Women face greater risk of ‘career gap stigma says study’, Stylist, 4 March 2023

Your career second act: returning to work successfully after a break, Irish Independent / Mediaplanet via Business News Ireland, 1 March 2023

Why focus on returners – the Deloitte experience, IBEC, 28 February 2023

Gap years are out. “Gap careers” are in for Gen Z, HR News, February 2023

Diversity & Inclusion with Marianna Dooley, Life at Deloitte Blog, 25 October 2022

Multiple careers are becoming the norm, workingmums, 14 October 2022

Campaign calls for end to ‘career gap stigma’ with 1 in 3 workers at risk, HR News, October 2022

Employers urged to be more inclusive of candidates with gaps on CV, Personnel Today, October 2022

Govia Thameslink Railway helps women on career breaks get back to work, Rail Advent, September 2022

Remettre les pieds dans la gestion d’actifs après un break? Des initiatives se mettent en place, Citywire France, September 2022

UK’s Best Workplaces for Women 2022, Great Place to Work, July 2022

Seizing the value of female returners, Public Finance, 13 July 2022

Work Better: How DAC Beachcroft brought back law’s lost talent, The Lawyer, 11 July 2022 (subscribers only)

Tech employers need to open their doors to women returners, Mediaplanet in the Irish Independent, 23 June 2022

Home-to-workplace support gets women returners back to tech, Mediaplanet in the New Scientist, 23 June 2022

The Value of Returnships – Women Returners on ITV News, 11 April 2022. Watch Hazel Little, our Deputy CEO, together with our employer partners dunnhumby, talk about the importance and value of returnships. 

How to open the door to women returning to work, CapX, 8 March 2022

After 5 years out of work, a ‘return internship’ got this lawyer’s career back on track, Business Insider, 16 February 2022

Get a Helping Hand Back to Work with Women Returners, Business Women Scotland Magazine, Issue 8 February 2022

No going back? How jobs market is rigged against women returning to work, The Sunday Post, 5 December 2021

Funding boost to help tackle challenges being faced by women returning to work, The Scotsman, 11 November 2021

Funded support helps Scottish women returners to benefit from jobs upswing, Scottish Financial News, 11 November 2021

How to get a job at JPMorgan if you haven’t worked for a while, eFinancialCareers, 20 October 2021

Women Returners and Innovate Finance establish Cross-Company Return Program for Fintech Professionals, Crowdfund Insider, 12 Sept 2021

Starling Bank to offer 6-month paid returnships, FinExtra, 10 September 2021

How one insurer is winning in its battle for talent, NU, 25 June 2021 (subscribers only)

Sector collaboration gets returners back on track, Women in STEM, inside New Scientist and online, 24 June 2021

Women in STEM more likely to face gender bias when returning from career break. People Management, 23 June 2021

Inside Citi Private Bank’s return-to-work programme, Wealth Manager, 10 June 2021

Time away from work hits women’s confidence twice as hard as men, report finds. Vodafone UK News Centre, 20 May 2021

Government funding creates opportunities for women returners in Scotland. Women Returners Press Release, 11 March 2021

Fidelity launches returner programme in APAC, Ignites Asia, 9 March 2021

Fidelity International launches returner programme in APAC, Singapore Business Review. 8 March 2021

Has your career stalled? People Management. 25 February 2021

From breadline to best-seller: midlife success with Amanda Prowse. Postcards from Midlife podcast. 14 February 2021

How to navigate a Midlife Career Reboot, Good Housekeeping, March 2021

Scheme launched to get more women back to work, The Herald Scotland, 31 January 2021

New opportunities arising in HS2 for those returning to work,,12 January 2021

HS2 supports return to work programme, PBC Today, 11 January 2021

Back to work with a fresh perspective, working, 15 October 2020

Returning with passion,, 14 October 2020

Normalising career breaks,, 13 October 2020

Talking to a returner pioneer,, 5 October 2020

Dialogue over inclusion needs to go beyond 4 October, Investment Week, 2 October 2020

Bank of England wins In-House Team of Year, Legal Business Awards 2020, 23 September 2020

Jobsharing And Beyond, Podcast with Julianne Miles, 16 September 2020

Diversity Project targets 30% female fund managers by 2030, Investment Week, 30 July 2020

STEM Employers Tackle the Career Break Penalty, Women in STEM Campaign, New Scientist, 18 June 2020

The Power Returners 2020, Management Today, 24 February 2020

Women Returners champions the growth of returner programmes in the North of England, Business Up North, 14 February 2020

Expleo is offering paid placements to people returning to work,, 24 January 2020

Expleo invests €100k in ‘returners’ programme,, 23 January 2020

Diversity Project & Women Returners launch returnship, Fair Play Talks, 20 January 2020

Diversity and inclusion duo partner on ‘returnship’ programme, International Adviser, 16 January 2020

Diversity Blog: The Diversity Project launches Cross-Company Returner Programme, Investment Week, 15 January 2020

Asset managers unite to launch return-to-work scheme,, 15 January 2020

How I got hired part-time for a full-time role, Timewise, 14 January 2020

Returning to work after a nine-year career break, Institution of Civil Engineers, 6 January 2020

Lean Back In, Red Magazine May 2019

Making it work, Scotland4Kids,  26 March 2019

SJP academy sees 63 adviser graduates, FT Adviser, 2 December 2019

Inspire Me conference report: Helping women bridge career gaps, Constructions News, 18 October 2019

Next offers ‘Back to IT’ scheme for career break returners, Essential Retail, 16 October 2019

Aviva Investors on the lookout for experienced professionals, FT Adviser, 23 September 2019

Kleinwort courts career returners in hiring drive. Citywire, 30 August 2019

Returner programmes are increasing diversity at the BBC. Computing, 27 August 2019

Kleinwort Hambros unveils career returners programme. International Adviser, 23 August 2019

Asset Managers in talks over returners programme, Ignites Europe, 14 June 2019 (subscription)

Be Inspired: Sky’s Tamara Kaye on tackling business bias, Retail Week. 5 June 2019

BPS members receive recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. BPS News, 10 June 2019

Women Returners Conference 2019. Press Release, 15 May 2019

Bailoran brings in two consultants, Yorkshire Legal News. 13 March 2019

Forbes Solicitors appoints Jane Burbidge, Business Lancashire. 5 March 2019

Three recruits at Computershare all returning after a career break, The Edinburgh Reporter. 4 March 2019

Considering a return to work after a career break? DWP. February 2019

Is it possible to build your professional network through your kids’ activities? Hoop, 6 February 2019

Take two at O2, HR Grapevine, February 2019

Considering a return to work after a career break? Department for Work & Pensions Blog, February 2019

My experience on a Returner Programme, Government Equalities Office blog, 15 January 2019

Creating a Ripple Effect for Returners, Working Mums, 11 December 2018

The Initiatives Helping Women Return to Work, Forbes. 30 November 2018

‘Returners add a huge diversity of experience to our business’, Silicon Republic. 23 November 2018

CMS, Pinsent Masons and DWF among firms to offer ‘returnships’ to help lawyers back into law following career breaks, Legal Cheek. 16 November 2018.

Law Returners, That’s Manchester TV. 16 November 2018

Legal Sector Increasing Despite Skills Shortage, 14 November 2018

Pilot project to help returners into legal sector, Yorkshire Post, 13 November 2018

Law Returners programme launch. Entirely Law, 9 November 2018

Cross Company Law Returner Programme Launches In Manchester And Leeds. Business Up North, 9 November 2018

Working Mums announces winners of 2018 Top Employer Awards., 7 November 2018

£200k boost to help tackle causes of gender pay gap across North West. The Business Desk. 24 September 2018

UK helps mothers rejoin workforce to tackle gender pay gap. Financial Times. 22 September 2018

Companies ‘not supporting’ women who want to return to work after having children. The Telegraph. 22 September 2018

BBC and Sky back ‘returners’. Broadcast. 12 September 2018

Bringing back alumni talent. Written by Julianne Miles for Enterprise Alumni. 31 August 2018

From managing guilt to flexible working: Expert tips for parents returning to work after maternity leave. The Telegraph 22 August 2018

Web chat: Returning to work after maternity leave – did you feel guilty? (“featuring Anna Johnstone, Director of Coaching & Development at Women Returners”). The Telegraph 15 August 2018

21st-century problems? There’s a mentor for that. (“featuring Anna Johnstone, Director of Coaching & Development at Women Returners”). YOU Magazine 5 August 2018

Working with Women Returners brings benefits.  ICAEW 24 July 2018

Returner Initiatives Create “Ripple Effect” |, 27 June 2018

Want the best talent? Then target returners. (“featuring our partnership programme with AECOM”). Construction News, 21 June 2018

Why measuring diversity matters. Chartered Banker Magazine, June/July 2018 (login required)

Returners: the new talent pool. PRCA, 21 June 2018

Supporting & mentoring returners back into the world of work. Infrastructure Intelligence, 20 June 2018

O2 Announces 20 Career Returner Roles and New Supported Hire Opportunities. The Online Recruitment Resource, 19 June 2018

EY Reconnect harnesses untapped talent to tackle the pay gap. Employee Benefits, 12 June 2018

Return to work schemes | Balancing Tool. New Civil Engineer, 25 May 2018

Had a break? You can return in a senior role. Daily Mail, 12 April 2018

Is a ‘Returnship’ for you? Mum Talks, 11 April 2018

How can we close the gender pay gap? Association for Project Management, 5 April 2018

Women in Construction: 3 companies leading the way. Construction News, 8 March 2018

Why creating a returner programme makes business sense. Guest post for Government Equalities Office blog, 4 March 2018

Allianz launches return to work programme, Insurance Business UK, February 2018

Skills of women seeking to go back to work are overlooked Irish Examiner, 5 February 2018

The Women’s Podcast – Women at Work The Irish Times 12 Jan 2018

New scheme to help female workers return to a career in financial services The Scotsman 12 Jan 2018

Advice for getting back to work after a career break Business News Ireland 12 December 2017

The Long Way Back. Tips for mothers returning to work after extended leave Irish Independent 6 Dec 2017

‘Ask For What You Want and Then Zip It:’ Advice For Women Returning To Work After a Career Break Government Executive, 21 November 2017

Call to normalise the hiring of returners Working Mums, 21 November 2017

More than a third of women expect to be demoted when they go back work after a career break The Telegraph 20 November 17

‘Returnships’ support female engineers in the workplace after career breaks Engineers Journal, 7 November 2017

Out-of-work women make comeback in UK’s corporate culture, Al Jazeera News, 17 October 2017

We are not just on the scrap heap. Irish Times, 17 October 2017

How to return to work after a long career break. Silicon Republic, 4 October 2017

Placement Scheme for Career Break Women. BBC News, 15 September 2017

Celebrate your skills. Top Sante, September 2017

‘Restart’ scheme launches to help more women return to the investment industry. Investment Week, 25 August 2017

Scottish Government contributing £185,000 to help mothers into work. The Herald Scotland, 12 August 2017

Why every business should have a returnship scheme. Management Today, 24 July 2017

Would you try a returnship? Daily Mail, 17 July 2017

Reclaiming the lost lawyers. Law Society Gazette, 10 July 2017

Can returnships get the ‘lost’ STEM women back to work? Silicon Republic, 3 July 2017

Get the career you want now. Good Housekeeping, July 2017

Taking a break? The 1.7bn career gap. BBC News, 28 May 2017

Can an internship for grown-ups help you? Daily Mail, 30 March 2017

Alts Shops Slowly Open Paths to Pros Returning to Industry. Fund Fire (from FT), 1 March 2017 (subscription)

This is what it’s like to return to investment banking at JPMorgan after a long career break Business Insider, 28 February 2017

Taking a break from a career should not mean the end of it. The Press & Journal, 20 February 2017

Move over millennials: the rise of the ‘returnship’ for middle-aged mums. The Telegraph, 23 January 2017

Balfour Beatty joins ‘returnships’ revolution, The Scotsman, 17 November 2016

Thousands of working women forced into low paid, low skilled jobs after returning from career breaks. The Telegraph, 14 November 2016

Two-thirds of women go into lower-paid or lower-skilled jobs when returning from a career break. City AM, 14 November 2016

Bridging gender inequality through ‘returnships’. Diversity and Inclusion supplement, The Times, 31 October 2016

Getting a perfect work-life balance. Daily Mail, 20 October 2016

7 tips for businesses hiring career-breakers. Management Today, 18 October 2016

Back on the Ladder. Edinburgh Evening News, 13 October 2016

Championing Women Returners. Working Mums, 19 September 2016

Returning to Construction. Civil Engineering Surveyor, September 2016

Tips on balancing your career while starting a family. The Guardian, 26 August 2016

Why we urgently need to solve the return-to-work dilemma for mothers. The Telegraph, 23 August 2016

Beating the parent trap: how to balance family and career. The Guardian web chat, 3 August 2016

Internships for adults are on the rise. Here’s what you need to know. CNBC, 6 June 2016

Eight steps for career re-entry. INSEAD Knowledge, 20 April 2016

Sturgeon to bring in US work scheme for women. The Sunday Times, 17 April 2016

Tideway targets mums with returnship programme. Construction Index, 5 Feb 2016

Work less, do more: seven ways to improve your work-life balance. The Guardian, 26 January 2016

Mumtern’s the word as employers woo back mothers. The Sunday Times, 8 November 2015

Returnships: a route back to work for senior women in financial services after an extended career break. Women in Banking & Finance Magazine, Sept-Dec 2015

Women Engineers – Where Are They?  Huffington Post UK, 25 June 2015

Employers Tap into a new talent pool – Women Returners.  Huffington Post UK, 16 June 2015

Back to Work Angels & Urchins, Summer 2015

How do I get back to work after a career break? Prima Baby, June 2015

Back to where you once belonged. Sunday Times, 24 May 2015

Bloomberg returner circle – Applications open for new returner initiative. We are the City, 11 May 2015

The Returned. Estates Gazette, 9 May 2015

Bloomberg launch new returner pilot. Working Mums Magazine, 8 May 2015

Returnships: Creating a bridge back to work to women who want to re-enter the workforce after a career pause. Womanthology 29 April 2015

Women Returners: You are the same talented professional you were. Mumsnet Guest Blog, 28 April 2015

Returning to Work after a Long Career Break. The Woman Engineer, Vol 19, No 6, Spring 2015

Returnships broaden beyond banking: Tideway Returner Programme. We are the City, 12 February 2015

New returnship programme launches – and it’s not just for the financial sector. Working Mums Magazine, 9 February 2015

Returnships and other routes back to law after a career break. The Law Society Women Lawyers Division Newsletter, 10 December 2014

Developments in returnships. Working Mums Magazine, 12 August 2014

How to return to work after a long career break. The Telegraph, 29 August 2014

Welcome to the world of the MumBack. The Times, 11 June 2013

Getting skilled women back to work after a career break (featuring Hazel Little from Women Returners). BBC Good Morning Scotland, 27 June 2018

Financial Services Placement Scheme. BBC Radio, Good Morning Scotland (2h 46m) , 15 September 2017

Returning after a career break. BBC Radio 5, 2 August 2017

Returnships Feature. BBC Radio 4 PM, 13 June 2017

Retraining and getting back to work. BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 13 March 2017

Returnships in the Budget – Feature.  BBC Radio 4 Money Box, 11 March 2017

Vodafone Announcement. Share Radio, 3 March 2017

Returnships feature. BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, 7 September 2016

Returnships news feature. BBC Radio Scotland Newsdrive Interview, 29 April 2016

Returnships Feature. BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, 8 April 2015  (07:53 into programme)

Out-of-work women make comeback in UK’s corporate culture, Al Jazeera News, 17 October 2017

BBC Breakfast video on returnships, 29 May 2017. Featuring our Skanska partnership returnship programme

Advice to women returning after a career break.  BBC One: The One Show, 21 April 2017