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85% of women in India have missed out on a raise, promotion because of their gender: LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021

Source | | Sreeradha Basu, ET Bureau

Nine in 10 (89%) women state they were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, found the LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 report, that seeks to understand how people perceive opportunities and the barriers that stand in the way of achieving them.

This year’s report dives deep to understand how women perceive opportunities, and how the gender gap is further slowing down career progress for working women in India amid the pandemic.

The report shows that even though 66% of people in India feel that gender equality has improved compared to their parents’ age, India’s working women still face the strongest gender bias across Asia Pacific countries. When asked about their reasons for being unhappy with opportunities to advance in their careers, 1 in 5 (22%) working women in India said their companies exhibit a ‘favourable bias’ towards men at work, when compared to the regional average of 16%.

The LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 highlights the difference in perception of available opportunities in the market for men and women in India. While 37% of India’s working women say they get fewer opportunities than men, only 25% of men agree with this. This disparity in perception is also seen in conversations about equal pay, as more women (37%) say they get less pay than men, while only 21% men share this sentiment.

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