An astonishing survey by SCIKEY, a marketplace network for talent and technology solutions, shows that only three out of 10 women project good decision-making and creative thinking skills in comparison to seven out of 10 men in the later years of their careers. This shift comes as the women grow up in their career ladders, as in the early years of working, six out of 10 women show rational thinking and decision making skills.
Understanding the survey
The survey called ‘Women in the IT sector in India” had 5,388 respondents between the age of 22 to 47 years from all across the country, working as IT professionals. The study shows that 60% of women and 40% of men show high creative rationality and decision-making skills at the starting point of their careers, but the figures slowly reverse as they progress. As women attain senior positions, 30% of them show these qualities while 70% of men develop them later. The study report also shows that 2.7% women aspire to get the executive positions, while only 1% with the required skills can be groomed for the same. The trends also indicate that female IT professionals avoid taking risks 50% more than their male counterparts. Around 10.47% men are open to new circumstances and risks which women stand at 6.61%. In handling data driven roles, technical roles and design and creative aptitude, men and women had their performances almost at par.
How does SCIKEY see this development?
Talking about this gender gap and psychological variations in the workplaces, Karunjit Dhir, the co-founder of SCIKEY, told Economic Times, “While the glass ceiling has been cracked, we must all put efforts including individuals and corporate for this glass ceiling to be broken once and for all. The major gender disparity in the workplace should be addressed and bridged. Every organization must strive to include more and more women and bridge the skill gap in the workspace so that parity can be achieved.”
Women in the IT industry
This survey is a different take on gender disparity in the IT sector, but previously as well, several studies have been conducted on the performance of the different genders. 48% of the women report discrimination in the recruitment and hiring process in STEM jobs. There is also a major gap in the salaries all around the world between men and women holding the same position. Previously as well, around 50% women reported facing discrimination in the workplace and expressed concerns over the lack of progress in some areas, even in the 21st century.
What The Policy Times Suggest?
- While this is an important report to consider, the statistics should not come in between the recruitment process of women across the IT sector.
- Even though the report says that women are prone to show a decrease in their creative and logical thinking as they get to the higher ranks, this is not the absolute data to rely upon and so, the companies should not treat their women employees any differently.
- Promotions, salary hikes and maternity leaves for women are still viewed differently in countries like India, and this upfront discrimination needs to stop.