Deloitte has opened the doors to its digital business in London - Deloitte Digital - creating 500 new jobs in the process.
Across the group, Deloitte today announced that it aimed to add 4,500 positions by December 2015. It is particularly focused on supporting women and those at the beginning of their careers, with 2,000 positions going to graduates and school leavers.
“Deloitte is focused on improving and increasing opportunities for female talent and we have set ambitious targets of 25 per cent female partners by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2030. In order to achieve these, we must improve our pipeline of future female leaders,” said David Sproul, chief executive and senior partner at Deloitte UK.
All 600 employees in Deloitte’s Women in Technology Network have been encouraged to share career insights and experience, as well as act as mentors to young people via the firm’s dedicated Deloitte Access programme in partnership with Teach First.
It will share the latest thinking on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields and showcase the work of its Women in Technology Network to schools, universities, UK businesses and clients.
The move comes as Deloitte pledged support to the government’s ‘Your Life’ campaign, which was launched last month with the backing of Google, Arup, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Ford, BP, BSkyB, Airbus, Nestle, and Samsung, among others.
George Osborne MP, chancellor of the exchequer – who opened the new London office – said: “The pace of job creation in the country is testament to our long term economic plan, especially in high growth sectors such as digital.
“Deloitte’s new digital business is a fantastic investment in the UK’s technology industry but more needs to be done to encourage women into these sectors. I’m therefore particularly pleased that Deloitte has today extended its outreach, mentorship and summer placement programmes as part of the ‘Your Life’ campaign, joining over 180 other businesses and institutions that have already made pledges."
In addition, to engage with pupils and students, over the next 12 months it will invest in a schools outreach, mentoring and careers programmes which aims to raise aspirations and skills of young people, particularly in the STEM disciplines.
Up to 50 summer placements, work experience and BrightStart roles, dedicated to STEM careers, will also be offered across the firm.