The number of employable Indian women has sharply risen in the last two years⁠— and it is nearly at par with men

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The number of employable Indian women has sharply risen in the last two years⁠— and it is nearly at par with men

  • Corporate India is stepping up its efforts to address gender gap at workplaces.
  • The female employability increased by 9% in the last two years.
  • Employability among men and women is also at par. The gender-wise employability stood at 46% and 48% for men and women, respectively.
Women in India are just as good as men to get jobs but important sectors like automobiles, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare are still not hiring enough females in their workforce.

The female employability has risen 9% in the last two years. According to a report titled ‘India Skills Report 2020,’ the female employment in India stood at 47% in 2019, up against 38% in 2017.

The gender-wise employability stood at 46% and 47% for men and women, respectively.
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However, India is among the 10 countries that have the lowest female labour force participation rate. Not just that, women also get paid less for the same jobs as compared to men.

“The increase in the number of job-ready women presents an opportunity for India Inc to harness their talent and engage more women in jobs as this is the most essential step in filling the skill gaps in the country,” said the report.

The survey highlights that the lowest women contribution is in the automotive and healthcare sectors. While BPO, KPO, IT and BFSI (Banking, Financial Services & Insurance) sectors projected the highest contribution by women at over 30%. But there are other sectors where female participation is abysmally low.
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Going forward, corporates do intend to hire more women but still the ratio is unfairly skewed 71:29 in favour of men.

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