EY has joined up with cloud-based technology platform SheWorks! with the aim of creating 100,000 professional job opportunities for women around the world by 2020
The new joint initiative will utilise technology to enable women to work remotely and flexibly through the gig economy and ensure that they are not excluded from the workforce.
Julie Teigland, EY’s regional managing partner – Germany, Switzerland and Austria, says that millions of professional women are lost to the workforce every year because they can’t find the flexibility they need to achieve the work life balance they aspire to.
“We are excited to start this collaboration as we believe that SheWorks! is doing something exceptional in working to ensure that women and girls can increasingly benefit from the use of innovative technologies to join the workforce,” she explains.
SheWorks!, which was set up in 2017, is a social-impact enterprise that uses cloud technology to help companies drive diversity by providing access to a global pool of professionally qualified women.
It currently represents women in more than 75 countries and its ambition is to connect 100,000 women to job opportunities by 2020.
SheWorks! chief executive and founder Silvia Moschini says that the platform connects “the dots between online education, global employment opportunities and remote workforce management to enable women from around the planet to work in a way that works for them”.
She welcomes the partnership with EY which she sees as instrumental not only in creating one of the largest professional networks of female talent in the world but in disrupting how the work is done.
“I know that by collaborating with EY we will build a future of work with inclusion and impact in mind,” she adds.
EY brings to the partnership its own experience of tapping into the gig economy for talent, as well as the global reach of its professional network. Over the past couple of years, the Big Four firm has been developing an advanced technology platform, GigNow, to source and match qualified contractors to projects at EY. This is now live in eight countries, with a network of over 14,000 people and has so far filled 1,500 positions.
The firm also launched its EY badges programme last August which encourages its staff to develop their digital skills relating to emerging technology, innovation and sector-specific skills.