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Moneycontrol Special on hiring trends-Part 4| Diversity no longer checkbox item in IT companies

In the third part of the hiring series, we look at how IT firms are looking to maintain a gender balanced work environment.

May 21, 2019 / 11:29 AM IST

The Indian IT industry generates at least one lakh new jobs a year. But if you think that makes jobs readily available, the reality is different. That is because the industry, which employs more than four million people, has changed the way it hires. Basic skills are no longer in demand, and companies want candidates to be job-ready from day one.

At a time when the sector continues to be on a hiring spree, Moneycontrol looks into what has really changed in the way IT companies recruit. The five-part series looks at each emerging trend with a detailed lens.

In 2012, Sohini Gupta, a software developer at a mid-sized IT firm had a difficult pregnancy and had to extend her maternity leave by two months. Her manager’s message was clear: “Hand over the pending work in a week and resign”. Gupta was unfortunate because, back then, paid maternity leave was only for three months. Today, the same employer allows up to seven months of maternity leave and also a work-from-home facility for special cases.

Diversity, once a mere checkbox item at IT firms, is now a part of the board agenda. Not only are the various metrics of diversity measured on a regular basis, but any anomalies are discussed at board meetings also. As a result, the once-utopian concept of a 50-50 gender mix at work in the sector could become a reality in the not-so-distant future.