24 Jul 2019

India’s economic growth in the last three decades has not seen a parity in terms of workforce participation. Essentially, India has one of the lowest labour force participation rates (LFPR) for urban women – one that has stayed consistently below 25 percent, and in some states below 15 percent. Having a young child in the home depresses mothers’ employment, an inverse relationship that has intensified over time. Therefore, motherhood places a “penalty” on almost all female workers, unless formal or informal institutions step in to share care responsibilities with women or female wages are high enough to compensate for the monetary and non-monetary costs of childcare.[i]>>

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27 Nov 2015

Women form a significant portion of the workforce, especially in IT/ITES and BT companies. This is undoubtedly a good thing, as it allows skilled talent to be productive and contribute to India’s GDP. To retain women employees, companies in these industries offer flexible work hours and various other amenities such as crèches and on-campus supermarkets. To facilitate the growth of these industries in Bangalore and elsewhere in the state, the Government of Karnataka exempted companies in these sectors from the generally-applicable restrictions on employing women in night shifts so long as the companies provide transport to women employees and take other measures to protect women’s safety.>>

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