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Women’s workplace woes, EY ups India hiring, and more news

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Women are deprived of some very basic workplace rights, reveals a pan-India study of over 43,000 females across sectors and socioeconomic strata. Sample this: 48% of women healthcare workers in Rajasthan and one in three policewomen in Maharashtra don’t have toilet facilities. Similarly, a significant percentage of working women don’t have canteen, transportation, or security provisions. More than one in 10 women face sexual harassment at the workplace, but a vast majority of them in the unorganised sector don’t have access to an internal redressal mechanism.

EY plans to add 14,000 staffers across its eight captive global delivery services centres in India this year, Srinivasa Rao, global vice-chair at EY GDS, told Economic Times. The Big 4 firm is scouting for talent in advanced analytics, cybersecurity, automation and machine learning. EY already has 27,000 people across its GDS network, seen as “the conduit” for its outsourcing contracts. The company’s peers are also in hiring mode: Deloitte has announced plans to recruit 40,000 in Hyderabad while KPMG intends to add 9,000 people to its India team. 

As many as 9.34 million students are currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, making it India’s most popular undergraduate programme (paywall). That’s followed by BSc (4.68 million) and BCom (4.03 million), according to the All India Survey of Higher Education. Experts feel the high number of students pursuing plain-vanilla BA is a problem – it doesn’t equip them with practical job-related skills and sometimes limits options outside of academics. Nearly one in four youngsters in India find it tough to land their first job, according to HBR’s Ascend Youth Skills Survey.

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