According to a newly released Indian Skills Report 2019, companies operating in sectors like BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance), automotive, IT, software, hospitality and travel, are expected to witness a 15-20 per cent increase in hiring of women, as reported by India Today.
PeopleStrong, which conducted the survey, reached out to more than 1,000 organisations from 15 different sectors in the country, as part of the exercise. “There is a lot more to be done. While conducting this survey, the participants revealed that hindering social norms, safety at work and at times, unavailability of skilled women for certain roles often hinders participation of women,” said Devashish Sharma, of PeopleStrong, to PTI (Press Trust of India).
It should be noted that India has one of the lowest female Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) among developing nations, with only 27 per cent of women, in the working age of 15-65, undertaking paid work.
The report also noted that though the employability of women increased from 38 per cent in 2017 to 46 per cent in 2018, issues remain. To encourage greater participation of women in the workforce, Sharma noted, “This can be done by ensuring safety mechanisms for women at work and devising a mentorship ecosystem to encourage them.”
However, another survey conducted by VelocityMR, almost 80 per cent of men have become ‘overly cautious’ in their dealings with women in their respective workplaces after the #MeToo movement.
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