More women are likely to join the corporate work-force this year, with overall hiring prospects picking up and companies increasingly believing in maintaining a healthy male-female ratio, according to recruitment experts.
“Most organisations that stressed on being equal opportunity providers ensured that the male-female ratio was maintained. Now, with opening of markets and opportunities, there will be a resurgence of female job applicants,” staffing firm TeamLease Services General Manager Surabhi Mathur Gandhi said.
IT services firm ITC Infotech’s human resources head Anand Talwar said: “Yes, more women are expected to join the corporate work-force this year. They make up about one-fourth of the work-force and with hiring prospects picking up, female employee strength is also expected to rise.”
According to experts, certain sectors such as retail, telecommunication, hospitality, banking and outsourcing are likely to attract female talent most.
“Sectors, which are a lot more open to women include telecommunication, retail, business process outsourcing (BPO), knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) and pharma research firms,” Nina Chatrath, practice head, leadership and talent, Korn/Ferry International, said.
“There is a higher female employee strength within ITeS, banking, financial services, hospitality and media,” Gandhi said.
Given the flexibility of work hours and work-from-home options introduced by various firms, the IT sector has seen a rise in women employees.
However, the gusto with which women join the work-force diminishes as they climb up the corporate ladder, experts said.
Family and personal commitments force women to drop out from the mainstream work-force after the middle-management levels, they added.