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A stalemate: the road towards gender equality in the Indian software industry

A stalemate: the road towards gender equality in the Indian software industry

Chakraborty, Shreyashi ORCID: 0000-0003-3021-6622 (2022) A stalemate: the road towards gender equality in the Indian software industry. In: British Academy of Management Annual Conference (31st-August-2nd September 2022) hosted by Alliance Manchester Business School, 31st August - 2nd September 2022, Manchester. (In Press)

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Abstract

The concentration of women in low-paying and low-status jobs is a key feature of gender inequalities and such inequalities are visibly stark in male-dominated or masculinized professions. Indian software industry constitutes 35% women employees in the industry; however, they are concentrated in entry level jobs. The study explores how the hiring process is creating or reproducing gender (in)equality in the industry. 49 semi-structured interviews were conducted with recruiters, hiring managers and candidates. Content analysis of the interviews indicated that employers are focusing only on recruitment activities to source more female candidates. It was observed that there are significant number of female candidates for entry-level positions that do not require any prior work-experience. However, organisations struggle to source or find female applicants for jobs that require relevant experience in the industry. Despite such challenges, employers continue with unstructured interviewing, mostly single panel members who ask personal family related questions that may not be job relevant. The study also provides evidence that there is segregation in quality assurance and techno-functional roles that are not equally valued as other profiles.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Segregation, Selection, Hiring, Stereotypes, Female Candidates, India
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
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Last Modified: 02 Sep 2022 01:38
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/37088

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