LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021: 85% of women in India have missed out on a raise or promotion because of their gender
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative effect on nine out of ten (89%) women, according to the LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 survey, which aims to understand how people view opportunities and the obstacles that stand in the way of achieving them.
This year’s study delves into how women view opportunities and how the gender gap is stopping working women in India from advancing in their careers in the face of the pandemic.
Despite the fact that 66 percent of Indians believe gender equality has improved since their parents’ generation, India’s working women continue to face the most gender bias among Asia Pacific countries, according to the study.
When asked why they are dissatisfied with their career development prospects, one in five working women in India (22%) said their companies have a “favorable bias” against men at work, compared to the regional average of 16 percent.
The LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2021 highlights the gap between men’s and women’s views of business opportunities in India. Although 37% of working women in India believe they have fewer opportunities than men, only 25% of men believe this. This difference in understanding is also apparent in debates about fair pay, with more women (37%) claiming they are paid less than men, compared to just 21% of men.
When compared to the APAC area, a deeper study reveals that more women in India have experienced the effect of gender on career growth. In India, more than four out of five working women (85%) claim to have been refused a raise, promotion, or job offer because of their gender, compared to a regional average of 60%.
7 out of 10 Indian women are unable to succeed in their careers due to a lack of time and family obligations.
Job stability, a job they enjoy, and a healthy work-life balance are the top three job opportunities pursued by both men and women in India. While having similar goals, more women (63 percent) than men assume that a person’s gender is critical in getting ahead in life (54 percent ).
According to the survey, more than seven out of ten working women (71%) and working mothers (77%) claim that balancing family commitments gets in the way of their career advancement. In fact, nearly two-thirds of working women (63%) and working mothers (69%) claim they have been discriminated against at work because of their family and household responsibilities.
Though job security is important for working women in India, they are increasingly focused on the type of employer they work for, the recognition they will earn for their efforts, and the skills they will use on the job.
According to LinkedIn’s findings, they are actively pursuing employers who treat them equally (50 percent), and 56 percent want to be rewarded for their work.
Other obstacles to career growth for working women in India include a lack of requisite technical skills, as well as a lack of guidance across networks and contacts.
Organizations should do more to promote good maternity policies and services. According to Ruchee Anand, director, talent and learning solutions at LinkedIn, reduced and flexible schedules, more sabbaticals, and new ways to upskill and learn are vital offerings that can help companies attract, recruit, and retain more female talent.