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The Glass Ceiling Is Not An Illusion In The Tech Industry In India: Report

According to the report, among the tech companies in India for every female engineer, there were three male engineers

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When you Google ‘women in tech’, you are sure to stumble upon a plethora of forums and collectives clamoring for better representation of women in the technology sector and there’s enough evidence and research that suggests that having more females in teams fosters innovation, creativity, productivity, and results in more revenue.

Belong, a talent acquisition firm is always looking for ways to create a more inclusive workplace and took it upon itself to consolidate and find the numbers.

Indian technology industry has 26% women in engineering roles

According to the report, among the tech companies in India for every female engineer, there were three male engineers. Benchmarking this against the average number of women in tech companies, the report found that the overall representation of women was 34 percent. This reinforces the assumption that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs attract less women.

Men move into managerial roles faster. The report analyzed the career trajectories of techies who moved into managerial positions and data says men on an average transition to managerial positions after 6+ years of experience while women on an average transition to these roles after 8+ years of experience. 

Nearly 50 percent women engineers quit tech We looked at a sample set of women graduating from Tier 1 universities from 2005- 2009 and found that as many as 45 percent of women move out of core engineering roles after close to 8 years. After quitting engineering, these women mostly move to marketing, product management or consulting.

Prasad Rao, head of talent acquisition at Adobe, said their first major milestone of the year was to create an an inclusive pipeline across all roles, "We recently hired our first female engineering manager through Belong and will also be working closely together to create and execute a diversity hiring plan across major Indian cities."


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