Companies that actively seek to assist you getting back to work
Yes, they do exist. Many organisations have realised that there is a large untapped source of high quality potential employees that they are missing when recruiting and as a result have developed specific programs or a business culture that is supportive of those who have taken a break from work and wish to return. Some offer specific back to work programs that are available only at particular times of the year. Others offer a range of flexible working arrangements and are open to those who have been out of the workforce - quite a few organisations offer both. This list is not exhaustive - If you are aware of employers that fit into these categories but are not listed please contact us.
There are very few recruiters that specialise or support returning to work after a break. The exceptions are:
Fleximums established by the amazing Marie Swarbreck to offer flexible work solutions for anyone who wishes to return to work or who is seeking flexible work (you don't have to be a mother). Register with her for your particular skills or industry and also check out current opportunities on her site.
Pivot offers project based work in a range of fields so can also provide a range of options for those who have a break from the workforce.
Return to Work programs
The following employers offer Return to Work programs in Hong Kong, in most cases targeting those who have been out of work for at least 12-24 months. As they are usually annual programs or less frequent, please contact the individual organisation for details and timing of current programs.
Hong Kong Stock Exchange
FDM Group for women with an IT background.
Bloomberg - one day 'Returners Circle' for women returning to the workforce to learn more about the organisation and potential opportunities.
Flexible work environments
The organisations listed below offer flexibility within the workplace, which can take many forms, but can include part time roles, job sharing, working remotely, hot desking and others.