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Women tech workers in India’s GCC to increase by 35% in 2027

Women tech workers in India
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NEW DELHI, INDIA — The technology industry in India is set to witness a substantial increase in female participation, according to a recent report by TeamLease Digital.

By 2027, women are expected to represent 35% of the workforce in Global Capability Centers (GCCs), marking a significant rise from the current 25%.

The report also emphasizes the critical role of women in non-tech sectors, projecting that over 40% of women will be hired for tech and non-tech roles in industries like Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), manufacturing, consumer, and retail by FY 2025. 

This includes a 9% increase in the number of women in tech positions within non-tech companies.

Gender gap in India’s tech industry

Despite the optimistic projections, the report highlights a persistent gender disparity in the tech industry, with women currently comprising only a fraction of the workforce—2.05 million women versus 3.61 million men as of 2024. 

This gap is attributed to several factors, including lower educational enrolment rates among women, fewer quality job opportunities, a prevalent gender pay gap, societal norms, and discriminatory workplace practices.

To combat these challenges, the report recommends several measures, such as implementing return-to-work programs, closing the pay gap, and establishing role models in STEM fields. It also emphasizes the importance of creating equal opportunities through well-structured initiatives.

TeamLease Digital CEO Neeti Sharmal stressed the importance of enhancing female participation in tech roles. 

“With only 0.5% of the total female workforce engaged in tech roles in non-tech sectors, there is a pressing need to amplify female participation in this domain,” Sharma stated. 

She also highlighted the role of government and women-centric programs in supporting this growth, including maternity and childcare support.

Future outlook

The report underscores the next five years as pivotal for India to achieve an 8% GDP growth rate, with women expected to constitute more than half of the new workforce by 2030. Sharma calls for continued efforts to increase the number of women entering or re-entering the tech workforce and to address the barriers that currently hinder their full participation.

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