‘The Opportunity Index 2021’ Report

Gender discrimination persists in every layer of our society. Whether it is workplace or home, gender bias has posed several challenges in women’s life. Moreover, it has become a barrier to career development for women in India.

The survey conducted by LinkedIn has released The Opportunity Index 2021 report. The survey focused on how women perceived opportunities and challenges in their career.

More than 10,000 women from all walks of life surveyed across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and 2,285 respondents were covered in India. The report said, “85% of working women in India believe they missed out on a raise and promotion because of their gender.” When compared, this is higher than the Asia Pacific (APAC) region’s average of 60%.As per the findings, 1 in 5 women believes that favourable bias towards men exists in the workplace. But 66% of professionals think that gender equality has improved in India. 70% of working women and working mother think that familial responsibilities become a hurdle in their career development, and as many as 37% of women feel that they are given fewer opportunities and are paid less than men due to gender difference.

Meanwhile, 9 in 10 women stated that they were negatively impacted by COVID-19. “Women have been disproportionately impacted amid COVID-19, and the expectations to juggle home and work life have wreaked havoc in their lives,” the report added. The report further revealed the top three job opportunities sought by both genders are job security, a job that they love and a good work-life balance. Despite having similar goals, 63% of women feel that a person’s gender is important to get ahead in life.

Lack of professional guidance through networks is other barrier in the career development of working women. Robust maternity leaves, flexibility, reduced or part-time schedule and other new opportunities can help women to move further in their professional life.

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