foundit (formerly Monster APAC & ME), one of India’s leading talent platforms, release data trends around women returnees in India’s white-collar market. Data indicates that industries such as Telecom, Staffing, and BPO held the highest demand share for women returnees as of May 2023.
It further suggests that India Inc. is actively implementing inclusive practices and experiencing an improve hiring momentum for women returning to the workforce after a career break.
6% of the total women workforce on the foundit platform were those who have taken a career break, demonstrating a growth in participation and intent to rejoin the workforce.
India Inc. has come a long way with diversity and inclusivity in the workplace with menstrual leaves, LGBQTIA+ supportive policies, higher flexibility, and diversity-based hiring to empower its workforce.
Sekhar Garisa, CEO, foundit (previously Monster APAC & ME), said :
Interestingly, the hiring momentum for women returnees with 4-10 years of experience has been considerably high.
Moreover, city trends indicate that Bangalore (24% share) held the highest share of job postings for women returnees, follow by Hyderabad (19% share), Chennai (14% share), Delhi (11% share), Pune (11% share), Kolkata (10% share), and Ahmedabad (10% share).
Telecom and Recruitment industries host the highest demand share for women returnees
The Telecom/ISP industry has been largely accommodating of women returning from a career break with the highest share of job postings (19% share).
Other segments such as Recruitment/Staffing (15% share), BPO/ITES/Call Centers (14% share), Advertising PR MR & Events (12% share), and IT (11% share) were also among the top 5 industries.
With constant adaptation to changes in work and workplace, many companies are offering flexible arrangements, such as part-time work, work-from-home options, and job-sharing arrangements allowing women to balance their work and personal responsibilities more effectively.
Some organisations also provide childcare support, such as onsite daycare facilities or subsidised childcare expenses, to help working parents manage their responsibilities.
Skilling trends for women returning
Today, recruiters look for an extensive range of skillsets in women returnees, depending on the industry and role they are hiring for.
Women returnees often hold valuable work experience before taking a career break and can leverage this experience applying it to their new roles.
In today’s digital world, demand for returnees with a good understanding of technology and adaptability toward new environments is undoubtedly high.
Top roles for women returnees as per foundit
|Top roles||% Share|
|Finance & Accounts||11%|
As per foundit, roles in Software Development (33% share) held the maximum share of demand for women returnees.
Other roles such as HR/Admin (18% share), Operations (12% share), Finance & Accounts (11% share), Analytics (8% share), and Content (7% share) were also among the top.
Returnship programs employed by organisations, designed to support returnees, offer training, mentoring, and on-the-job experience to help women transition back to work more smoothly.
Designing skill enhancement programs within companies can also help women refresh their skills and update their knowledge at par with industry trends.
Period for the report
The data is as on May 2023.
About foundit – APAC & Middle East
foundit, formerly Monster (APAC & ME), is a leading talent platform offering comprehensive employment solutions to recruiters and job seekers across APAC & ME.
Since its inception, the company has been assisting over 70 million registered users to find jobs, upskill, and connect with the right opportunities across 18 countries.
Over the last two decades, the company has been a catalyst in the world of recruitment solutions with advanced technology, seeking to efficiently bridge the talent gap across industry verticals, experience levels, and geographies.
Today, foundit is committed to enabling and connecting the right talent with the right opportunities by harnessing the power of deep tech to sharpen hyper-personalised job searches and precision hiring.
foundit strongly believes that a job title does not define one’s potential and leverages technology to dig deeper to curate opportunities central to the needs and aspirations of each user.