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Deloitte Return to Work

Boom! You’re back

Return to work when you’re ready and receive the training and support to help re-launch your career. We’ll help you rebuild your career, or start a new one, in a way that works for you. Perhaps you’ve been exploring the world, spending time with your family, or just needed some time out. Whatever the reason, if you’re returning from an extended career break of two years or more, our Return to Work opportunities could be right for you.

How do I return to work?

Our opportunities are open to anyone who’s taken an extended career break, typically for two years or more. There are a number of ways you can return to work with us and you don’t necessarily need professional services experience to do so. Whatever you choose, you’ll be supported all the way with mentors and coaches, as well as given access to a whole network of other people who are returning to work, just like you. Explore our routes back below.



Return to Work supported hiring

Returning to work and want to continue on your professional services career path? You'll be given the support to refresh your knowledge and skills and boost your professional confidence. And we are open to exploring agile (flexible) working arrangements.

Whatever you've been up to, we know it will have enriched who you are and what you can offer our clients and our business. This is about giving you the time and support you need to readjust and redevelop your skills.

In addition to our comprehensive firm-wide induction, you'll have access to technical skills training, tailored coaching sessions, our returner network, and a range of bespoke learning materials.

All supported hiring opportunities are offered as permanent roles, unless for a specific project or time period.

Interested? Read our Return to Work supported hiring FAQs to find out more. 


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Hear about the Return to Work Retraining Programme’

Emma Codd, Deloitte Managing Partner for Talent provides an overview of the Return to Work Retraining Programme.

Return to Work Retraining Programme

Returning to work and looking for something new? Want to work in technology but have no prior experience? Coding, software development, live client projects; we’ll train you in all of these areas and more.

Not just that, you’ll also gain a fully-funded professional qualification in partnership with Makers Academy, teachers of the new generation of tech talent. And a permanent job with us (which, of course, comes with all the benefits you’d expect from working in a global professional services firm, including agile working options). The programme has been designed with women in mind but is open to all.


Interested? Read our Return to Work Retraining Programme FAQs to find out more.


This programme is now closed for applications.


Meet our people

“Career progression and job satisfaction is not at all about face time or office presence anymore.”

Technology case studiesWhat’s the most exciting part of coming back?

The most exciting and fulfilling parts of coming back are definitely building my confidence and being part of an interesting and exciting environment that’s constantly evolving. There’s a sense of empowerment in knowing that, even though I’ve had a career break, I’m a valuable member of every team. I feel I have a role to play once again, and am supported along the way.

How did Deloitte support your Return to Work?

Deloitte completely removed the stress of coming back to work after an extended break. My line manager and buddy were very welcoming and congratulatory, and both reached out to me before my first day and pre-empted some of the really basic questions I had. The soft skills training we had in the first couple of weeks back helped me realise I still ‘had it in me’ to excel in the workplace. Belief in myself alongside the refresher training was all I really needed to get going. I have a coach and regular feedback sessions to help me raise questions and monitor how things are working.

What does agile working mean for you?

To me, agile working is about getting the job done and meeting deadlines, no matter where and at what time this happens. There’s the utmost respect for each person’s individual circumstances. If I want to work from home one day, or come in early and leave early, or set up regular working patterns to help me successfully juggle and enjoy all the interplays in my life, I’m free to do it and to change it as things change. Career progression and job satisfaction is not at all about face time or office presence anymore. It’s also very helpful that the IT infrastructure and management attitudes completely support this.

Anshu shares her experience of returning to work with Deloitte following an extended career break.

"I left the course with the confidence to apply what I’d learned to a whole range of situations.”

Technology case studiesWhat’s your career background?

I spent a number of years at an outsourcing company, specifically in the financial services division. The work was cyclical, which led to me trying to improve and automate some of the processes with the limited knowledge I had at the time. This contributed to an interest in technology, and especially programming as a means to improve day to day work that might be repetitive or requires a high level of accuracy.

What prompted you to do the Makers Academy training?

My main motivation was to be able to solve challenges and improve processes using software. I also wanted to move into an industry that has better career prospects, with the flexibility of being able to be hands on in programming most of the time, or less hands on but still delivering change through technology. I also value continuous learning. Software development is something that is always changing, so I feel I am always learning something new.

What did you get out of the course?

Makers gave me the tools necessary to take on any programming challenge. It did this by giving me a thorough introduction to coding, design patterns and ways of working for modern software development. Constant self-evaluation and feedback from other people on the course provided a solid foundation for me to appreciate what best practice looks like.

What was the best thing about the training?

I left the course with the confidence to apply what I’d learned to a whole range of situations. The strength of the course is that the specific content and technologies can change over time, but the fundamental principles of learning how to code, learning what best practices look like, and effective ways of working are relevant for all modern software development. You meet a diverse range of people from a variety of backgrounds but everyone is like-minded in wanting to get all of the above from the course, and this provides an environment where you can succeed.

What support have you had from Deloitte since you joined?

The biggest support I was given when I joined was not being treated differently from anyone else on the team. I felt valued that my contributions, although small, were making a difference. Those with a lot more experience had a lot of time for me and my questions, and there was very much a culture of passing on knowledge. The work I was given to do was ‘proper’ work from the outset and this made on-boarding very easy.

How have you applied the training to your software developer role?

Makers is an accelerated learning environment and I feel I have carried much of that momentum through to my current role. I’ve picked up and learned things a lot quicker than I might have done otherwise and am able to self-evaluate effectively to continually improve. Another important skill I developed at Makers was being comfortable with being uncomfortable – embracing not knowing everything but feeling like I can get involved with just about anything.

Dominic shares his experience of training to become a Software Developer with Makers Academy.

“It’s exciting knowing I can have my career back and have something to aim for."

Technology Case StudiesTell us about your return to work dilemma

When I had my daughter, I was a senior director at another consulting company. I expected to be able to just go back. But I wanted to work part-time and it was not looked upon favourably. I felt that unless I was prepared to do full-time my career was dead in the water. The only thing I could do at that point was become a contractor, so that’s what I did. But that seemed like treading water; there was no career development. The only other option I had was to wait until my daughter started school and then go back full-time. It just felt like I had to do that before anyone would trust me; start full-time then after about three years it would be OK to ask for a different working pattern. But as far as I was concerned, it would be too late by then.

So what did you decide to do?

The key thing was to figure out my priorities. I knew I wanted to stay in the field, so I did a part-time Masters. When I passed the first year I began researching what was out there. Deloitte’s Return to Work supported hiring just popped up as a window online. At the Insight day I thought: it sounds too good to be true – 4 days a week, agile working, flexible to your childcare needs… and you still have an interesting career? But, as I’ve found out, it’s all completely true.

How have you found the support since you joined?

One of the best things about returning to work through Deloitte is the coaching sessions, they are brilliant. They make this a longer-term opportunity, because they focus your thoughts on your values, what you want out of it, what your priorities are. And there’s a genuine career path for me. It’s exciting knowing I can have my career back and have something to aim for - and that I can do that working four days a week.

Mariyam shares her experience of returning to work with Deloitte following an extended career break.

"You have the chance to work with exceptional people who foster an atmosphere of creativity and learning, as well as delivering high quality solutions."

Technology Case StudiesWhat is it like to work in the technology space at Deloitte?

It’s very rewarding. I love that software delivery projects have such tangible deliverables and that the teams are diverse. Each person brings different skills (software developer, analysis, tester, delivery management and more) that come together to achieve this.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Solving complex problems and working as a team to deliver solutions for the client, with possibly millions of people using the software you have built.

What does a typical day involve for you as a Software Developer?

We start the day with a ‘standup’, a 10-minute meeting with our agile team where everyone gives an update on the work currently in progress. An agile team is usually 5-10 people made up of Business Analysts (BAs), Testers, Software Developers, a Scrum Master (aka Team Lead), User Experience Designer, and DevOps Engineer.

After that, a typical day includes the following: writing code (e.g. writing Java for back end microservices, javascript for front end content changes or using Jenkins for pipeline tools to deploy code); working with BAs to come up with solutions for requirements and giving advice on the technical implementation; discussing work with testers to ensure a smooth handover between developer and test; writing code together with other developers (or “pairing”); quickly triaging any live service issues raised (hopefully this doesn’t happen every day!). It’s a lot of problem solving and communicating, as well as getting focused hours to write code.

How do you use your Software Developer skills on a client engagement?

I use them every day to build software for the client. Writing code, reading code, advising on how to implement technical requirements, and estimating timeframes are just some examples.

Can you tell us about an interesting project you’ve worked on as part of a team?

All my projects have been interesting, as they have always provided opportunities for me to learn (such as a new coding language or a different technology). One that was particularly high impact though was a software delivery project that will be used by millions of people. I worked in a delivery team to build part of the user journey, which included front end screens for the user and back end microservices that needed to integrate with the client’s existing systems.

Do you work in an agile/flexible way?

To me, as a software engineer, working in an agile way means delivering software in an agile manner – iteratively. In terms of my working pattern and flexibility, I work from the client’s office five days a week, with the rest of the Deloitte team on the project. However, my team lead is very accommodating; if I need to work from home one day or need to leave early, it’s not a problem, I just need to ask.

What does a career at Deloitte have that you can’t get anywhere else?

The chance to work with exceptional people who foster an atmosphere of creativity and learning, as well as delivering high quality solutions that have a big impact for our clients.

What’s your career history?

I studied physics at university, then got a graduate job with Deloitte Digital as a software developer. I’d had some experience with coding (one or two modules at Uni) but not loads. So I learnt a lot through experience on projects and from other senior developers around me. I think the love of solving problems and the drive to understand complex systems is the key to a good software developer.

Vicky shares her experience of working as a Software Developer within Deloitte Technology.

"My role has allowed me to reskill technically, refresh IT skills, and re-find the confidence to connect with fellow professionals."

Technology Case StudiesCan you tell us a bit about your background?

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in the Edinburgh Office, then worked in Transaction Services and M&A Advisory in Glasgow. I took a career break to go travelling and raise my children. Then, after eight years, I felt ready to return to the workplace and joined Deloitte through the Return to Work supported hiring in September 2017.

What’s your working pattern like?

I initially returned to work with Deloitte on 4 days a week, so an 80% presence, working one day a week from home.

I have since moved to an Annualised Days basis, which means I work on a 65% presence over a year. This provides me with great flexibility in terms of managing school holiday commitments. My coach and sponsoring partner were instrumental in enabling me to work in such an agile way.

What’s the most exciting part of coming back?

My role has allowed me to reskill technically, refresh IT skills, and re-find the confidence to connect with fellow professionals – something that can be challenging after a career break. Working in Transaction Services means that it’s never the same from one week to the next, and there’s always scope to add significant value for our clients. In March 2018 I started a secondment with the EMEA Learning team, and I have enjoyed the experience of being in a strategic position within the firm.

How is Deloitte different to other organisations?

The culture here is meritocratic, open, engaged and constantly evolving. Deloitte is not just ‘talking the talk’. During my time with the firm, and through the Return to Work supported hiring I’ve met some of the senior leadership team and have seen first-hand their commitment to both meet and exceed client expectations, and to develop and support their employees. I would definitely recommend the Deloitte experience to a new recruit. The firm is able to support and provide opportunities to drive your career forward in many different directions.

Nina shares her experience of returning to work with Deloitte following an extended career break.

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