83% of female re-entrants to tech in India feel that taking a career break is detrimental to their individual progression and believe (87%) that the industry needs to actively do more to support their re-entry to the field.
86% of women returning to tech believe that programs that are often focused on training, re-skilling, upskilling and mentorships are key to overcoming re-entry challenges. Those returning to the field want to feel empowered and build from their previous experience rather than feel like they are starting from the beginning. Almost half of Indian women re- entrants to tech consider regular upskilling opportunities to be essential to their success in tech (45%).
As per the report, these programs are empowering women with the skills and support they need to progress. In fact, 81% of re-entrants say they had access to a mentor upon their return to work – something women in tech identified as essential to their career success. 88% also say their company helped them update their technical or other skills following a return. These figures are highest globally.
The latest World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report found that there is a widening inequality gap worldwide. When asked about the benefits that better gender diversity can bring to the technology industry, 94% of women in India – and those students interested in pursuing a tech career – said that this would help diversify the sector, bring fresh perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.
They also cited greater flexibility in HR benefits (92%) and an improved work environment that will benefit all employees (91%). Beyond these cultural benefits, women increasingly feel their representation in the tech workforce will contribute to improved company and brand reputation (93%), as well as trust in technology companies in general (92%).