The emergence of the IT and ITES industry years back had proved to be a game changer for Pune and its surrounding regions. Other than changing the landscape of the city,these industries have done their bit in gender diversity,in terms of giving equal employment opportunities for women.
Nasscom data shows that around 40 per cent of the 3 lakh employees in the IT and ITES sectors in Pune is women. Paresh Deogaonkar,senior manager,Nasscom,Pune,said other than the issues related to diversity in work force,the reasons for employing women had much to do with inclusivity also. Of late hiring trends of companies show that 45 per cent of the freshers hired were women, he said.
The software giant Cognizant,with its 32 per cent women employees,is an example of women inclusivity. The company spokesperson said many divisions of the company are headed by women.
Sumithra Gomatam,senior vice-president,made our quality engineering and assurance practice one of the worlds largest quality assurance organisations,and is in charge of the delivery of business units such as insurance,life sciences,and media & entertainment,which collectively account for over 40 percent of Cognizants revenue. Other examples are Karen McLoughlin,chief financial officer; Vinayambika Kidiyur,senior VP and global delivery head of Cognizants Products and Resources group,consisting of retail,hospitality,manufacturing and logistics,consumer goods,energy and utilities practices; Patricia Birch,VP healthcare consulting; Rajashree Natarajan,VP knowledge management; and Fiona Woods,HR head for Europe,to name a few, the spokesperson stated.
The horrific incidents of rape and murder of female companies which shook Pune was a wake up call for the companies to set their act right. Degoankar stated that many of the companies have started regular liaison with the local police to conduct safety sessions for their women employees . Also NASSCOM has published a series of dos and donts for the companies and the employees to follow, he said.