Women have 50 percent better chances in IT sector: Nasscom

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Bengaluru, March 15 (IANS) Women applicants have 50 percent higher chances of bagging an IT-Business Process Management job than men and they constitute 51 percent of the entry level hiring, a Nasscom’s report said on Tuesday.

According to the ‘Gender Diversity & Inclusivity trends in the IT-BPM Sector’ report, published by Nasscom and PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC), to assess gender diversity and inclusivity situation stated that the industry itself is increasingly turning women centric.

“At Nasscom, we believe that development is never complete unless it is across all sections through participation and inclusion of people irrespective of their gender, creed or colour,” said the industry body chairman B.V.R. Mohan Reddy at the ninth edition of Nasscom Diversity and Inclusion Summit 2016 on Tuesday.

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According to the report, IT-BPM industry’s focus is shifting from inclusivity and diversity to empowerment while women are also moving away from support roles to shoulder core business operations with training and development.

Interestingly, women job applications rose by five percent from 2012 and stood at 28 percent of all job applications while job profile evolution from support role to core business role grew by two percent from the same time.

And overall women managerial roles in proportion to total women employees increased by two percent from fiscal 2012-13.

Though diversity and inclusion are showing promise, the industry still has a long way to become a completely inclusive one.

“While gender equality has been established at entry levels, women still constitute a far lower share of CXO roles; the trend of women resigning at a higher rate than men as their personal priorities change is hampering this growth,” said Nasscom in a statement.

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Aimed at encouraging and celebrating diversity and inclusion, Nasscom announced corporate awards at the summit and honoured companies under six different categories for efforts to creating inclusive environment.

Goldman Sachs Services, SAP Labs India, Wipro, ANZ Bengaluru Hub, EMC India Centre of Excellence and Bhuvaneswar Naik from SAP Labs India were awarded.

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