Digital skills help bridge gender gap at workplace

According to a new report released by Accenture, women are empowering themselves with digital skills to gain a competitive edge at the workplace
Digital skills help bridge gender gap at workplace

Chennai

Tech-savvy women are now aiding in closing the gender gap in the office space. And digital fluency, which denotes the extent to which people embrace and use digital technologies, to become more knowledgeable, connected and effective, plays a major role in helping women achieve gender equality and level the playing field.  
In the back- drop of International Women’s Day on March 8, a new s t u d y was released by Accenture titled Getting to Equal: How Digital is Help ing Close the Gender Gap at Work . It provides solid proof that women are employing digital skills to gain an edge in preparing for work, finding jobs and advancing at the same time. 
While women still lag behind men in digital fluency in most work places barring a few nations, improving their digital skills can change the picture. If governments and corporates can double the rate at which women become digitally fluent, gender equality could be achieved in 25 years in developed nations, as opposed to 50 years at the current pace. 
Similarly, gender equality in the workplace could be achieved in 45 years in developing nations, versus 85 years at the current pace. 
“Women represent an untapped talent pool that can help fill the gap between the skills needed to stay competitive and the talent available,” says Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO. 
“There is a clear opportunity for governments and businesses to collaborate on efforts that empower more women with digital skills – and accelerate gender equality in the workforce,” he adds. 
Joydeep Mukherjee, an MD and lead for Financial Services Industry Group says, “Investments made in building women’s digital skills — through education, training and on-the-job learning — will help speed their progress at every career stage.”  
A question of parity
  • In India, 75 per cent millennial and Gen X women aspire to be in leadership positions. 
  • Nearly 60 per cent of all survey respondents in India (men and women) agreed that digital enables them to work from home. 
  • 50 per cent said it provides a better balance between personal-professional lives while 50 per cent report digital has increased access to job opportunities. 
  • In India, men use digital to prepare for and find work more often than women (81 per cent and 74 per cent, respectively).   
  • When women and men have the same level of digital proficiency, women are better at leveraging it to find work.          
  • Men scored better in digital fluency than women. 
  • The US, UK and Australia are the top performers on the employment front. India is among the two nations with the lowest scores in this area.
Accenture is a leading global   professional services company

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