Women keen to break the glass ceiling in IT sector
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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.