Wednesday 20 September 2017

Intel, Aer Lingus and Deloitte among firms working with Irish jobs website geared towards mums

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An Irish jobs website launched to help mothers - and fathers - get back into the workforce is gathering interest from globally recognised employers.

CareersForMums.ie (CM) hosts everything from flexi-time, project work, and fixed term contracts, through to part-time roles, job share, maternity cover, working from home and some full time positions.

The site - which launched in September 2016 - also features a series of articles aimed to help the mother (or father) to feel more comfortable about a return to work after a career break.

"We launched it with great ambitions and hopes and dreams, some of which have needed to be revised like any start-up business," founder Jim Warren told independent.ie

Jim Warren
Jim Warren

"What we've found over the last six months is that there is definitely a market for this sort of website - and thankfully the reaction has been great."

CM has helped bridge out-of-work parents with roles that suit their lifestyle and recognise that 'gap' in their CV that may cause roadblocks in an interview situation.

The site is currently advertising for jobs with companies such as Intel, Aer Lingus, Deloitte and the AA - in addition to a number of smaller name brands.

Mr Warren believes that the platform has provided a "complete centrefold for mums (and dads) getting back to work" at a time when there was nothing similar in the Irish market.

Last month, a number of Ireland's top technology firms announced that they were backing the Women ReBOOT initiative, the first time such a collaboration has occurred, in response to the gender imbalance in IT.

While he acknowledges that some firms are anxious to become involved in CM in order to satisfy diversity standards, Mr Warren believes that Irish companies are beginning to recognise that "there is a skilled and vastly wide market out there".

"There's currently a broad range of industries and different skill sets being advertised on the website," he said.

"That was intentional when we first set it up. If you try to pigeon hole the job then you are saying that there is only one type of Mum, which is of course not the case at all."

CareersforMum is currently working with between 15 and 20 companies and is looking at stabilising longer term contracts with the corporates and "some of the bigger banks" they have collaborated with before.

On the user side of things, CM is planning on extending their services to coaching elements and providing one-to-one assistance in helping parents upskill and improve their confidence levels.

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