Gender diversity is one of the critical elements in the diversity of the corporations. Studies have showed that diversity brings structured and disciplined approach towards problem solving, especially in engineering. Companies with health diversity ratios have outperformed homogenous corporations.

As a continuation of our gender diversity research in the emerging countries, we at Zinnov recently studied the gender diversity in the technology industry in China. As the Multi National as well as the domestic technology companies have grown at a rapid pace in China, we wanted to understand the gender diversity ratios in these centers.

We surveyed over 100 technology companies to understand the female employment in these centers across the experience levels. We also leveraged social media sites and survey based interviews to analyze the diversity rations in these companies.

Our survey results and statistical analysis shows that less than 22% of the employees in the technology companies are women. Though this is significantly higher than India, which also has a large presence of technology companies, it is still relatively lower than other developed nations.

Another critical observation was, the female ratio drastically reduces as the experience level increases. Tough there is good ratio of 40% at the entry level, it reduces to less that 10% for employees with more than 10 years of industry experience. We have seen a similar trend in India.

Interviews with the HR leaders in these companies showed that long work hours in these global centers, limited flexibility to work from home, high work pressures are some of the reasons contributing to this trend.

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