Over the last decade, Indian IT companies have been known for providing diversity initiatives. Software giants like Infosys and Wipro now claim that women make up nearly half of their entry-level recruits.
However, when it comes to the more lucrative high-end technology jobs, women are still spectacularly marginalised.
Women account for less than 7% of the total techies working as cloud engineers, as per a recent study by recruiting platform Belong. The company tracked its own platform as well as other publicly available hiring sources, including some job sites, online communities, and tech networks.
This strong gender divide is also prevalent in other new-tech areas such as blockchain, security, and data science.
These new technologies are most lucrative in the current days.
Over the next few years, cloud and data science are set to create upwards of 50,000 jobs annually. Moreover, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and blockchain are among the most sought-after skills today. These are the areas where the highest salaries are on the offer. For example, techies working with the internet of things earn a massive 76% more than the average tech employee.
Unfortunately, very few women are reaping the benefits of these opportunities.