By Loukia Gyftopoulou
Deloitte UK has promoted 75 new partners, nearly one third of whom are women, in the largest annual intake to the firm’s partnership.
Among those promoted, 35 are newly appointed equity partners and 23 are based outside London.
According to Deloitte, the strong female presence is attributed to the success of a number of measures introduced by the firm to identify and retain high performing women.
On the same note, Deloitte has also announced a new ‘return-to-work’ scheme offering a 12-week paid internship to women who have been out of the workforce for between three and six years.
The scheme will run from September to December during term-time and in the first year it will be open to Deloitte alumni aiming to absorb 80% of participants in long-term roles.
Deloitte UK managing partner for talent Emma Codd said gender diversity at leadership level remains a challenge for many businesses but there is ever-increasing effort to tackle the issue.
She said: "We have implemented a series of actions to increase the number of women we recruit, to ensure that development opportunities are clearly available and to provide a working environment that enables women to balance a successful career with family life."
Deloitte UK chief executive and senior partner David Sproul said: "It is positive that this year, a higher proportion of our new partners are women. 25% of both the firm’s executive and board are female and we are committed to continuing to do more to create more opportunities in Deloitte for women at a senior level."