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Hiring of women in middle and senior management rises to 43% in 2020: report

Bangalore, 7th June 2021 - The DivHERsity Benchmarking Report 2020-21, launched by JobsForHer in May 2021 analyses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women's career advancements across the country and across various levels of corporate India. 

The report includes data collected from 300+ companies from a wide variety of industries and sectors. 

The Benchmarking survey came up with some very interesting stats regarding the hiring of women at different levels. The hiring of women in mid-management to senior level rose from 18% in 2019 to 43% in 2020 stated our Benchmarking report. 

Gender Inclusion in Hiring

Based on research, 41% of startups that were surveyed for the report had achieved their goal of gender diversity hiring in 2020, establishing that several companies are adopting initiatives that help eliminate gender biases to create a more diverse workplace. 

The pandemic left us all trying to adapt to the new normal, and that included remote working.

Remote working has become the way of life and seems to be gaining traction across India Inc. as an opportunity in disguise. There has been a dramatic rise in the number of work-from-home jobs, as well as the number of applications for them. JobsForHer’s Benchmarking Report states that 40% of companies rolled out special & customised work-from-home roles post COVID-19. 

In 2017, India passed the Maternity Amendment Bill that increased the right to paid maternity leave for working women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks — the third highest in the world.

Almost after four years of passing the bill, we tried to find in reality how many companies offer paid maternity leave and for what duration. 

In the survey conducted for the DivHERsity Report, 45% of all companies (large enterprises, startups and SMEs) said that they offer 6 months of maternity leave. 

The percentage of large enterprises that offer more than the stipulated 6 months of maternity leave increased from 14% in the year 2019 to 20% in 2020. 

How well did companies respond to form family-friendly policies and good workplace practices in the context of COVID-19? Indian employers introduced new policies to build a human-centric employee experience to create a better world of work during the pandemic. However, only 13% of all companies – large enterprises, SMEs, and startups, offered additional paid leave for parents during the pandemic. 

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Speaking on the findings, Ms. Neha Bagaria, Founder and CEO of JobsForHer said, “Organisations are finally coming to understand the significance of diversity in their workforce, and have now started implementing the same. It is heartening to see several organisations taking a step in the right direction to make the workplace more women-friendly. We are hopeful that this trend will enable and encourage more women returnees, women in tech and women in leadership roles to enter the workforce and climb the professional ladder, while ensuring gender parity across all levels.” 

The Benchmarking Report is a handbook for companies that are working and those that wish to work towards a common goal — to increase the participation and performance of women professionals.