Commonly known as STEM, the domain of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics suffers from a severe gender disparity all over the world. Women still represent about a quarter of the workforce making a living out of various STEM disciplines. And as employers, businesses, and industry stakeholders, the time is now… to go the distance, and bridge the gap. NLB Services is partnering with NTT DATA to delve deep into the roots of this disparity through this report as a much-needed attempt to unveil insights that can help us move in the right direction and bring about gender parity in STEM education and work.
"Businesses must prioritize creating
abundant opportunities for women to
pursue careers in technology to promote
diversity. The COVID-19 pandemic has
emphasized the importance of being kind and empathetic, leading to a rise in
flexible work arrangements such as
remote and hybrid work models."
Jennifer HendersonSenior Vice President - Global Talent Acquisition NTT DATA
"Bridging the Gender Gap towards an equal workforce requires concerted
efforts from Individuals, Industry, Academia, and the Government.
A gender-responsive approach to innovation, technology and digital education can help increase awareness and participation of women. "
Leenika KhattarDirector - Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging NASSCOM
"The domain of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has long been suffering from a massive gender disparity. With women representing just about a quarter of
the STEM workforce globally, it’s time we set out to answer the burning questions pertaining to this divide. From finding the root causes behind this gap to taking proactive steps and remedying the situation, the list of action items is long but surely not unachievable. It is encouraging to see that most employers surveyed (58%) think Gender Diversity can lead to higher revenue growth and over half of the employers (51%) also believe that Gender Diversity can lead to improved innovation. "
SACHIN ALUGChief Executive Officer NLB Services
A brief look at our findings
What the employers are saying
of employers believe that gender diversity can lead to higher revenue growth and the acquisition of top talent
of employers believe that STEM education will significantly reduce the skills gap
of employers have women employees making up 11-20% of their workforce
Women in online STEM courses in India
4 million women learners have
in online STEM courses
more women have enrolled in online STEM courses from 2019 to 2021, rising from 22% to 32%
less gender gap was found in STEM course enrolment from 32% in 2019 to 23% in 2021
Women in Indian companies
of employers have more than 30% women in their workforce
of employers have 21-30% of women working for them
a majority, employers say women make up for 11-20% of their workforce
of employers have 0-10% women in their entire workforce
Sectors planning to increase hiring of STEM qualified
women during FY 2023-24
Diversity-oriented hiring outlook across enterprises in 2023-24
Employer hiring women in 2023-2024: By organization type
of micro-enterprises plan to hire more women throughout the year
of small/medium enterprises have plans of hiring more women into their workforce
of Indian & 62% of MNCs (large enterprises) plan to hire more women
of startups have plans to hire more women throughout the year