For every one female engineer, there are three male engineers in most of the tech companies in India, according to the data provided by Belong, a data-driven talent acquisition firm.
According to the data, the top five ITES organizations which have the best gender diversity in their engineering teams, i.e more than 30% women techies, are: Persistent Systems, Infosys, Accenture, Thoughtworks, and IBM.
Overall the report found out that the Indian technology industry has just 26% women in engineering roles.
Benchmarking this against the average number of women (irrespective of the function) in tech companies, Belong found that the overall representation of women was 34%. This reinforces the assumption that STEM jobs attract less women.
“We 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,” the statement from Belong said.
The biggest drop-off in pure numbers is after the first five years. One obvious reason for this could be that women often take a break to start a family around this time in their lives, and many do not return to the workforce. Many IT giants have been taking initiatives to 'bring back' these women.
The report also found that for every 100 testing jobs, there were 34 women compared to 66 men. When it came to hardcore programming roles, the ratio changed to 25:75.
Among the tech talent in India, there are more women in software testing roles (a less sought after skill) compared to core programming roles. This is the case even though the absolute number of jobs in software testing are significantly less than programming.
Belong, a Bangalore based data-driven talent acquisition firm, is using Big Data and Analytics to completely re-define the process of recruitment & talent acquisition across industries and organizations.A sample set of women graduating from Tier 1 universities from 2005-2009 were taken into consideration, and data emerged that as many as 45% 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.Upon analyzing the career trajectories of women to see how they progress in their careers over the years, Belong found that if 29% women start working in a given year, the percentage drops to a dismal 7% after 12 years.