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85% of Indian women miss out on a raise, promotion because of gender: Report

Eighty-five percent of women in India say they have lost their income, promotions or employment because of their gender compared to an average of 60 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, a report said Tuesday. LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 said more women in India have experienced the impact of gender on job development compared to the APAC region. The report said that In India, more than four out of five working women (85 percent) say they have lost their income, promotions or employment because of their gender, compared to the regional average of 60 percent.

Although 66 percent of Indians feel that gender equality has improved compared to their parents’ age, more than seven in 10 women and working mothers feel that managing family responsibilities often comes their way in career development, the report said. About two-thirds of working women or 63 percent of working mothers or 69 percent say they face discrimination in the workplace because of family and home responsibilities.

85% of Indian women miss out on a raise, promotion because of gender: Report
85% of Indian women miss out on a raise, promotion because of gender: Report

One in five or 22 percent of women in India said their companies were showing ‘favoritism’ for men at work compared to the regional average of 16 percent. This was the answer when they were asked about their reasons for not being happy with the opportunities for advancement in their careers. LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 shows that 37 percent of working Indian women claim to have fewer opportunities than men and that only 25 percent of men agree. And 37 percent of women say they earn less than men and only 21 percent of men share in this way.

The report also shows that more than 7 out of 10 working women or 71 percent and working mothers or 77 percent feel that managing family responsibilities often comes their way in career development. About two-thirds or 63 percent of working women and 69 percent of working mothers said they faced discrimination at work because of family and home responsibilities, he adds.

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Both men and women say they want three job opportunities – job security, a job they love and a good balance of work life. However, more than 63 percent of women said that a person’s gender was essential to their progress in life compared to 54 percent of men.

However, women working throughout India place great emphasis on the type of employer they choose to work with, the acceptance they will receive for the work they do and the skills that will be used in that job.

More than 4 out of 5 Indians (86 percent) said they were badly affected by the epidemic while 9 out of 10 said they were affected by the coronavirus epidemic over layoffs, pay cuts, and reduced working hours.

The Gender inequality in the workplace and also the increased domestic responsibilities in the midst of the epidemic have combined to make the work of the women more vulnerable at this time. As Covid-19 continues to expand these positions, the Linkedln Opportunity Index report said that this year’s LinkedIn suggests it is an hour for organizations to reflect on their diversity practices. Ruchee Anand who is the director of talent and learning of talent and learning solutions at Linkedln India said that the Reduced and flexible schedules, more weekends, and also the new opportunities for empowerment and learning are critical contributions that can help organizations attract, recruit, and retain women’s talent.

LinkedIn sent independent market research company GfK to conduct an online survey between January 26 and January 31 this year. The online survey was conducted among more than 10,000 respondents, ranging in age from 18 to 65, in Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. There were 2,285 respondents in India – 1,223 men and 1,053 women – taking part in the study.

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