Women keen to break the glass ceil­ing in IT sec­tor

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - WORKSMART -

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Acon­sid­er­able por­tion of In­dian women are ac­tively ex­plor­ing the IT in­dus­try as a pre­ferred ca­reer op­tion ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port re­leased by Kelly Ser­vices In­dia. The num­ber of women in the IT in­dus­try is phe­nom­e­nally grow­ing, but there aren’t a bal­anced num­ber of them ris­ing to se­nior lead­er­ship roles. The study iden­ti­fies the key fac­tors for this and the steps that com­pa­nies need to take to ad­dress it.

“The num­ber of women in the IT sec­tor has a di­rect cor­re­la­tion with the num­ber of fe­males grad­u­at­ing in IT re­lated dis­ci­plines. Even though, the sec­tor of­fers the best work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the fe­male work­force, there still ex­ists a sig­nif­i­cant gap be­tween women in lead­er­ship roles in IT com­pa­nies as com­pared to en­try level em­ploy­ees and mid-level man­agers. IT com­pa­nies need to en­sure there are more role mod­els at the lead­er­ship level for women to as­pire to reach there,” says Ka­mal Karanth, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Kelly Ser­vices In­dia.

The sur­vey states that although most women strongly be­lieve that the IT in­dus­try is male dom­i­nated, they also strongly be­lieve that they tend to get a lot of sup­port when work­ing in gen­der di­verse teams. Even though, with con­ducive work en­vi­ron­ment in IT com­pa­nies, the per­cent­age of only women by ca­reer level de­te­ri­o­rates while mov­ing up the lad­der. At the en­try level, there are 81% women fol­lowed by 41% at the mid­dle man­age­ment but the se­nior po­si­tions com­prise only 3%.

The good sign, how­ever, is that the per­cent­age con­tri­bu­tion of move­ment from mid­dle to se­nior man­age­ment lev­els is in­creas­ing.

“The IT in­dus­try is a flag bearer of the In­dian econ­omy glob­ally and In­dian women are play­ing a vi­tal role in scal­ing the in­dus­try’s un­prece­dented growth lev­els. By nur­tur­ing this tal­ent pool crit­i­cally at the mid man­age­ment level and en­sur­ing they reach the lead­er­ship level, IT in­dus­try can­not only ad­dress gen­der dis­par­ity but also in­crease the eco­nomic com­petive­ness and creativ­ity for per­pe­tu­ity,” he says.

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