The technology sector of the country is now hiring more women than ever before for various entry-level job profiles, which in turn has boosted the hopes of a better gender-parity equation. According to a report released by National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), women are now outnumbering men at entry-level jobs in the largely export-oriented information technology (IT) and business process management (BPM) sectors.
Statistics have shown that the chances for women getting jobs with an IT-BPM company are much higher compared to that of men. This shows a new trend of employment within the technical sector.
Recent statistics also revealed that more number of women are now applying for jobs within the same sector. While 4 years ago only 5% of women used to apply for jobs in this sector, it has now increased up to a staggering 28%. This report had further added that the women employees are quickly maturing from simply managing various support roles to taking care of core managerial responsibilities. Since FY12, women functioning in the overall managerial roles have increased by 2% as proportionate to the total number of women employees working in this sector.
The IT-BPM sector in India employs somewhere around 3.7 million candidates directly among which around 34% are women. Out of the overall 1.3 million technology professionals who are women, about 28% serve as the primary bread winners for their families. In this way, this industry has made a significant progress for promoting gender inclusivity and this opinion was also reflected by the chairman of NASSCOM, Mr. BVR Mohan Reddy. He further added that the general consensus at NASSCOM is that for well-rounded development, it is necessary that people from different sections of society take part. In this way, development will not remain segmented within a particular section of society, but will touch all groups of people. It is predicted that more women will join this industry in the coming months and years. Although the ratio of women professionals at fresher and mid-level segments compared to men is high, there is still a long way to go when it comes to grooming them for taking up leadership positions.
Even though the findings by NASSCOM seem encouraging, women enjoy far less numbers in leadership roles and positions compared to men. This is mainly because of the fact that the number of women who choose to resign from their jobs is higher than that of men, as personal priorities in life change. Numerous women simply drop out when they hit the middle-management level, either because they choose to get married, have children, or their spouses get transferred to some other place. This has made a number of companies look hard at their company policies and decide what to do with hiring women who might quit at certain stages of their careers.