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Building a Gender-Equal Tech-Force

The Indian tech-force has indeed become one of the most essential levers of the coun-try’s economic well-being. However, has the IT-BPM sector utilized both male and female talent to the fullest and equally? Or is the tech-world still just a man’s world?  Women form a substantial portion of the IT-BPM sector, with a 35% share, which adds up to about 1.4 million. However, the numbers start diminishing as they go higher up the career-ladder. We just cannot deny the evident ‘leaky pipeline’. Women hold 40% of entry-level tech jobs, 30% of mid-level positions and only 20% of senior-level roles2. In fact, women over the age of 35 are 3.5 times more likely to be in junior roles in comparison to men.

Are we doing enough to retain women in Tech?

Although, India has the second largest Artificial Intelligence workforce in the world, only 22% of them are women, compared to 78% who are men. While Government can encourage women participation in STEM with supportive policies and fi-nancial assistance, Industry and Academia can help women with the right education, training and job opportunities. Although, different career stages in STEM will pose unique challenges for women and girls, they will also provide immense potential for individual and societal growth. To address India’s most pressing problems, we will need gender-equal STEM engagement at every step of the way. This will require a combination of different perspectives, collaboration between Government, Industry and Academia, and active engagement with young women through-out their education and into their working lives.

Read more in this whitepaper by Kirti Seth, Lead NASSCOM FutureSkills Initiative & Swati Saini: http://futureskills.nasscom.in/research.html


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