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Women constitute 51% of entry level hiring in IT

Source | The Financial Express

A survey by Nasscom and PwC on gender diversity & inclusivity trends in the IT, has revealed that women constitute 51% of entry level hiring.

However, the overall percentage of women in the IT-BPM industry stands at 34% of the total employee strength of 3.7 million.

In managerial roles, as a proportion of  total women employees, has increased by only 2% since FY12 and stands at around 23%, said Nasscom chairman B V R Mohan Reddy at a press conference on Tuesday.

Despite the significant number of women employees in the industry, the survey said that the majority of them are largely engaged in support functions.

The survey said the industry focus is shifting from inclusivity & diversity to empowerment. “There is an increased focus on training and development from companies,” Reddy said.

According to Nasscom, while the trend of diversity and inclusion is promising in the sector there is still a long way to go to become a fully inclusive sector.

“While gender equality has been established at entry levels, women still constitute a far lower share of CXO roles; the trend of women resigning at a higher rate than men as their personal priorities change is hampering this growth,” it said.

Nasscom felt that challenges faced by women need to be addressed in a systematic manner and requires sustained CEO focus.

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