PwC's 18th Annual Global CEO Survey. Interview with Dr. Vishal Sikka of Infosys [Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz7R8fenYg4]
The global female workforce grew by a quarter of a billion between 2006 and 2015. And yet this has done little to alleviate the problem of gender inequality in the workplace. According to the Future of Jobs research report from the World Economic Forum, only 15% of CEOs are women. In some sectors, such as energy, that number is an appalling zero.
There is no rosy outlook for gender parity in the workplace anytime in the near future. In fact, we may even be exacerbating the situation. We recently undertook a global study - Amplifying Human Potential - to gain insights into how the next generation was positioned, in terms of education and skills, to navigate the dynamics of technology forces that are at a tipping point today. The study revealed a significant disparity in skills that if left unaddressed, could create the next generational divide of 'haves' and 'have-nots'. Rather more worryingly, we also found a global gender-based skills divide with men being more likely to possess the technological and digital skills to succeed in the workplace of the future.