A big challenge to gender diversity is women dropping out of the corporate workforce to raise children, care for elderly family members and other reasons. When trying to return to work, women often face rejection based on their gap years. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy states that 2.4 million women took a career break in 2017, but less than a quarter of the same number is actively looking for jobs again.
In our effort to change this and remove as many obstacles as possible for women returning to work, in 2019 our India office teamed up with JobsForHer to launch the PayU Second Innings Program, consisting of jobs for which only women returning to the workforce are eligible to apply.
As part of this initiative, PayU carved out 15+ roles in our India organization exclusively for women returning to work, so as to provide a platform to restart their careers with PayU. Women are assigned a workplace ‘buddy’ for a month from the existing team, to ease their journey as they transit back into professional workplaces, with opportunities across market verticals. Across Bangalore & Gurgaon, 50+ women attended the program launch and 6 women candidates were hired across various roles in the Payments & Credit business.
Return. Reset. Reimagine: PayU’s Women Returnee Program
The rapidly changing times of the pandemic call out for agility and accommodating for the rapidly changing needs of society. This year we are excited to launch a new chapter in D&I with a ‘Women Returnee’ program called Return. Reset. Reimagine – designed in collaboration with We-ACE, a leading global platform for women aspiring to ace their career.
The program kicks off with returnees registering for a 3-6 month long paid returnship, which can be converted into a permanent role at the end of this period based on performance. Flexible shift options of 6 or 8 hours will enable a smooth transition for returnees to the workforce and compensation will be adjusted accordingly. The skills the pilot of the program will go live with revolve around Engineering, Data and Product. The returnship plan will begin with technical and soft skills training, on-the-job training, individual assignments or collective projects. A buddy will be assigned to all returnees for the duration of the program.
To take a deep dive and discover more about the initiative, watch our Curtain Raiser below.