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Blue- & grey-collar job participation: Women taking a backseat in frontline crew

The percentage of women working in India's blue- and grey-collar workforce has increased just over one point in six years, according to data from BetterPlace. Women made up 13.2% of 102,905 workers in blue-collar roles at the end of 2021, compared to 11.96% in 2017. The challenges of women in the workforce are due to a lack of enabling support systems, cultural biases and stereotypes, according to experts

Source | | Rica Bhattacharyya, ET Bureau

Mumbai: The participation of women in India’s blue- and grey-collar workforce has increased just over one percentage point in the past six years, according to data exclusively collated for ET by frontline workforce management platform BetterPlace.

Women comprised 13.2% workers among a sample size of 102,905 people in blue-collar roles at the end of December 2022, compared to 11.96% in 2017, showed the data. However, this was significantly higher than 6.34% in 2020 during Covid-19, when a sudden drop in the demand for workers impacted women workers significantly, as they were the first ones to leave because of family responsibilities. Over a longer period, though, women’s participation in the workforce has ranged between 11% and 13% for the past several years.

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