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India – Women want top jobs too

22 May 2013

Women are just as keen to take on leadership positions as men, according to Randstad India’s Workmonitor survey which found that 89% of women and 92% of men wished to take up leadership posts.

But a clear majority of 76% felt there are not enough women in top positions in their organisations, beating the world average of 46%. Quotas are seen as a solution to the problem with 75% of Indian respondents saying these could promote more women into top jobs.

“Gender diversity is a business imperative and there are proven studies to show that it results in good governance and growth of the company and its people,” said E Balaji, MD & CEO of Randstad India.” It is interesting to note that Indian employees have indicated a preference for a quota to promote women to leadership positions.

“However, we need to understand that a quota may trigger the initiative, but it may not help in building a strong talent pool or may not be sustainable. Companies should have a progressive HR policy and create a conducive environment and policies for women to reach leadership positions.”

In India, 80% of those surveyed said there are more men than women in leadership positions while 90% believed in promoting a diverse workforce. 

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