Women in India were found more employable than men, with 46.8 percent employable women versus 45.91 percent employable men, according to the India Skills Report (ISR) 2021.
The report prepared by Wheebox, in partnership with Taggd, CII and AICTE, AIU and UNDP is a combination of an assessment of final year 65,000 candidates across India, who appeared for the Wheebox National Employability Test (WNET) and over 150 corporates across 15 industries who participated in the India Hiring Intent survey.
The findings reveal that the number of women enrolled in colleges and degree programs have increased over the past. The highest percentage of women in any sector was recorded in the Banking and Financial Services Industry (BFSI) making up to 46 percent of the employable talent in this industry. Female employees in the Internet business were recorded at 39 percent.
The highest number of male employees were from the automotive domain with 79 percent, followed by the logistics sector (75 percent) and the core and energy sector with 72 percent employable.
Notably, the highest employable percentage was found in the age group between 18-21 at 40 percent, indicating the structural changes at the core of the employability landscape of India, the study added.
Nirmal Singh, Founder and CEO, Wheebox says, “Finally gender gap in employability is improving with the Indian digital revolution. One great structural change we found is that women’s participation is higher than in the previous five years. Women consist of 36 percent of the workforce, while men comprise 64 percent of all workers.”
The study further revealed that candidates from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka emerged as the top four states with the highest employability while Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Pune were the cities with the most employable talent. Mumbai is the city with the most highly employable resources with 70 percent of the test takers scoring above 60 percent followed by Hyderabad, the report stated.
While engineers continue to be the most employable, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) & Information Technology (IT) have the highest employability rate.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)