North East Has Maximum Women In Managerial Positions; AP, Punjab Top The Charts
Survey reports have suggested average counts of female workers in managerial and executive positions in India, along with many providing numbers and ratios of female workers in technical and non-farm positions as compared to male counterparts.
According to the annual bulletin study of the Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), North-East Indian states rank among the highest in percentages of females holding managerial positions, with Meghalaya topping the list, followed by Sikkim and Mizoram.
Following these Northeastern states are Andhra Pradesh and Punjab, showing good results of females holding managerial positions. In terms of literacy rate and professions involving technical roles, females from Northeast India show the highest percentages across India.
All the different associations have conducted surveys and doctrined their results, which is an indication of an emerging concern for female participation in the workforce.
North Eastern States Represent Maximum Females in Workforce
The PLFS has released annual bulletin as per which, the highest ratio of female workers to total workers in managerial positions are occupied by,
- Meghalaya at 34.1%,
- Sikkim: 33.5%,
- Mizoram: 33.3%,
- Andhra Pradesh: 32.3% and
- Punjab: 32.1%
In terms of lowest ranking states showing the poorest ratio of female workers in managerial position, lie:
- Assam at 6.9%,
- Haryana: 7.5%,
- Andaman and Nicobar: 9%, and
- Uttrakhand at 11.7%.
According to survey results, rural India contributes to about 21.4% ratio of female workers in managerial positions, while urban India contributes only 16.4%. In total, the ratio of female workers to total workers in managerial positions is at 18.7% in India.
NE Tops Literacy Rates in Females Across India Too
The PLFS results also revealed that north-eastern states show the highest percentages of female workers working as legislators, senior officials and managers in states and Union territories.
The total ratio of female workers working in these positions rank in this order, state wise:
- Manipur with 51.8%,
- Meghalaya with 51.7%,
- Sikkim with 50.4%, and
- Andhra Pradesh with 47.9%.
At the country-level the ratio is as wide as 23.2%, which underlines the importance of instituting policies which would further narrow this gap.
In terms of ratio of females to males among professional and technical workers, Sikkim takes the lead with 120.2%, followed by Meghalaya with 101.5% and Kerala with 91.6%.
Manipur and Assam also show positive results of 85.2% and 52.9% female to male ratios.
Females occupy only 18.8% of the senior and middle-management positions at all-Indian level. Manipur and Meghalaya ranked first among the states at 34.1% women occupying these positions, states Soumya Ghosh, the group chief economic adviser at SBI.
Ghosh adds that even in terms of literacy rate of women, the north-eastern states have outperformed the rest of the country.