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21 March, 2017 - 00:42 By Kate Sweeney

Women excel in India’s IT sector

An increasing number of women are being employed in India’s technology sector according to research from the Open University in Milton Keynes. The research found that many women are taking up STEM subjects in India compared to the rest of the world – putting gender diversity in Indian IT on a firm foundation. 

The report also found that women in senior management is higher than in other BRIC countries and also has a positive trajectory.

The Open University’s (OU) researchers produced the spring edition of the 2017 Women in IT Scorecard-India with the support of India’s leading IT trade association, NASSCOM. It was created to improve understanding of the make-up of women in the information technology sector in India. Researchers presented at NASSCOM Diversity and Inclusion summit 2017.

Information Technology has become the flagship industry underlying India’s recent presence on the global stage. It is also in the spotlight worldwide due to the relatively high and increasing numbers of women in IT in India in comparison to the small and falling numbers of women in this sector in the Western world.

The OU project behind the spring Scorecard-India, is Gender, Skilled Migration and IT funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It considers why the IT sector in India manages to both employ and retain women in highly-skilled roles, comparing the experiences of women in the IT sector in India and the UK. It will also gain insights from migrant women and men who move between the two countries to understand both the gender norms and the best practice in each country.

The project is being led by Professor of Geography and Migration Parvati Raghuram, and co-investigator is Dr Clem Herman, senior lecturer in computing and communications.

The NASSCOM Scorecard report provides data on women’s employment patterns and leadership pathways within the India industry and situates this in an international context. The OU researchers’ scorecard draws on internationally accredited and comparable data as well as a bespoke survey with IT firms. It lays the foundation for understanding the similarities and differences between women’s participation in the IT sector in India.

Professor Raghuram said: “We are very pleased to be able to present the spring edition of the 2017 Women in IT Scorecard- India. Information Technology has become the flagship industry underlying India’s recent presence on the global stage. Perhaps surprisingly, what is also notable is the relatively high and increasing numbers of women in IT in India in comparison to the small and falling numbers of women in this sector in the Western world.

“This report, for the first time, provides some of the statistics behind this pattern. It provides data on women’s employment patterns and leadership pathways within the India industry and situates it in a global context. It lays the foundation for understanding the similarities and differences between women’s participation in the IT sector in India and the UK.”

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