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Positive workplace policies attracting more women to Data Science space: survey

Positive workplace policies attracting more women to Data Science space: survey

 Mumbai, October 21

Gender positive workplace policies are attracting more women to the Data Science space, as a significant percentage of women believe that there are more opportunities for them in the AI and Analytics field now than five years ago, says a survey.

According to a survey by ed-tech company Great Learning, while 54 per cent women said there are more opportunities for them in AI than five years ago, 27 per cent believe that equal growth and pay for the same level of experience and education will encourage more women.

The survey was done online among 2,000 women from the Data Science industry during August.

The top five factors cited for this rise in opportunity include positive workplace policies, greater participation of women in the hiring process, favourable recruitment policies, lesser bias towards women and presence of more role-models for women than before, the survey added.

However, lack of equal growth and pay for women in AI, continued to be a roadblock discouraging many qualified and experienced women from entering this domain, it added.

"As leaders in the professional education space we have been buoyed by the growing interest among women towards learning data science. Increased participation of women is imperative if India has to become the hub of data science in the world. The growth opportunities that this space offers for any professional, are immense," Great Learning Co-founder Hari Krishnan Nair said.

About 24 per cent respondents believed that women will be encouraged to enter this domain if they have greater awareness of the roles and the support that organisations now provide in terms of work-life policies, training and support.

While 17 per cent think that having a mentoring and support ecosystem from school to universities to firms will encourage more women to enter AI and Analytics roles and 16 per cent said greater access to analytics education and seeing more women in leadership roles will encourage more women to join the industry, it pointed out.  PTI

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