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The increase in women applicants is backed by the higher percentage of STEM roles at the tertiary level than developed nations like the US, UK, Germany and France. The number of Indian women opting for STEM studies has also considerably increased in the last three years.
Since late 2021, there has been a 5-15 per cent rise in women job seekers. Women are increasingly applying for tech roles on a permanent and contractual basis though the difference is minimal, according to a study.
The increase in women applicants is backed by the higher percentage of STEM roles at the tertiary level than developed nations like the US, UK, Germany and France. As per HR services company report, the number of Indian women opting for STEM studies has also considerably increased in the last three years, With the increase in India’s GDP, the share of women employees is also increasing gradually. Barring the automotive and manufacturing sectors, all the industries are witnessing a positive influx of women employees.
Job seekers hail primarily from Tier 1 cities and Tier 2 cities, including NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Kochi, Nagpur, to name a few. Out of which Mumbai & Bengaluru records the highest number of women professionals.
In a post-pandemic world, when work from home is an accepted norm, close to 70 per cent to 80 per cent of women job seekers are looking for permanent work from home (WFH) ) instead of full-time work from the office.
As per the study, women's participation in top management roles has also increased. Placement ranges from 35 per cent to 45 per cent for senior to mid-management positions.
Women job-seekers in India now come from a varied age bracket from 22-45 years. Primarily due to widespread acceptance of WFH set up, it has encouraged many women professionals to reconsider/restart their careers post sabbatical, maternity leave or any other personal crisis.
Sidharth Agarwal , Co-Founder and Director, Spectrum Talent Management, said, “Even though women comprise only 5% of top management in Indian companies and gender disparity plagued the pay packages, there is a constant improvement at the ground level.”
“Indian corporates will witness more & more women employees coming on board in the next 5-10 years, including some high impact roles. More talented and experienced women professionals are available to hire at a PAN India level due to new work from home policies,” Agarwal added.
The sample size of the report is 5,00,000 candidates and the time period of the report is one year (2021-22).
By: The Economic Times (ET HR WORLD)