Tech’s been great for women; we need more in senior roles
Sangeeta Gupta, VP & chief strategy officer at Nasscom, says a decade ago, women were 23-24% of the employees in the Indian IT sector; now it’s 34% of the 4.5 million employee base. That’s a phenomenal jump. The current figure is much higher than in most countries’ tech industries, including the US. It’s much higher than in the rest of organized Indian industry. And it’s the result of Indian parents prioritizing science for their daughters, and conscious efforts by Nasscom and the Indian tech industry to increase the number of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, and in fresher hiring.
However, there’s still a big problem. Many women drop out midcareer, for a variety of family reasons, and do not return. So the percentage of women in middle and senior management in tech is low. Last week, Times Techies had a discussion on why we need more women in those positions, and how that could be accomplished.
There’s plenty of research to show that more women in top management has a positive impact on crucial business metrics, including profitability. “It is what will drive your company to the next stage of growth,” Gupta said.