India Inc. sees better representation of women

The study evaluated over 60 companies including global capability centres, technology service providers and startups.

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India Inc. sees better representation of women

A study published by management consulting firm, Zinnov, along with Intel India, has found that the representation of women in organisations in India is increasing.

The percentage of women in corporate India has increased from 21 per cent in 2014 to 30 per cent this year. Thirty one per cent of women are found to be employed in non-technical roles, while in technical roles the number comes to 26 percent.

While the increase has been moderate, the results are nonetheless showing a positive trend. Over the years, organisations in India have continuously invested in gender diversity with mentor programmes and return-to-work policies for working mothers. It is only due to the selective policies led by companies that women have a greater foothold in organisations today.

Even though the numbers have increased, the gender disparity still remains starkly visible. The number of women representatives on the board of companies has increased from a mere three per cent in 2012 to 11 per cent in 2018. This is mainly due to company mandates of having at least one woman member on the board.

The numbers are higher in large firms with 33 per cent, while medium and small companies have 27 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively.

In domestic multinational corporations and non-MNCs, women make up around 30 per cent of the total workforce.

Tier-I cities have the highest representation at 31 per cent, while in tier-II and III cities they represent only a quarter of the total workforce.

Among the cities, Bengaluru leads with 34 per cent, followed by Mumbai and Pune at 33 and 32 per cent, respectively.

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