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 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 them for your particular skills or industry and also check out current opportunities on thier site.
Pivot connects highly skilled women with 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. They take the time to meet each candidate and give lots of useful advice.
Wise at Work helps seasoned (aged over 50) professionals find work. Thier site helps you make connections, build new skills and then find work.
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.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
FDM Group for women with an IT background.
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.