Women account for 14pc of Pak IT workforce

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STAFF REPORT KHI: Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) has recently unveiled its research report on working women in Pakistan IT industry, in a press conference held in Karachi.
According to details, the research is based on responses from 50 companies and 125 individuals – it targeted IT companies as well as large IT departments within non-IT companies.
The report reveals that women account for 14 per cent of the IT workforce, of which 37 per cent are at the mid-career level while 13 per cent are in senior management positions.
In the context of HR policies and practices, a majority of women were satisfied with their work environment. While paid maternity leave, flexible hours and emergency leave were the most commonly offered benefits – there were still some companies who failed to incorporate paid maternity leave (a basic HR benefit worldwide) in their package.
Jehan Ara, president PASHA, encapsulated the motivation behind the initiative by saying that participation of women in the workforce has been shown to have positive effects on a nations economy.
“We aimed to not only get real facts and figures on womens participation in IT but also aimed to explore the extent to which women are enabled and equipped to succeed in IT.


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