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Measuring Gender Diversity with Data from LinkedIn
We are uniquely positioned, by virtue of LinkedIn’s data, to provide insight into gender equality across every industry represented on the network.
In fact, one of the winning teams of the LinkedIn Economic Graph Challenge is currently working on research that evaluates gender differences in self-promotion on profiles.
Having released our own workforce diversity numbers and an update on our Women In Tech (WIT) and Women’s Initiative (WiN) efforts last week, and with diversity and inclusion continuing to be an important issue across fields, we decided to take a look at gender parity across several industries. We analyzed millions of profiles and compared female representation across a dozen industry groups – with a detailed look at leadership positions and software engineers. Industry leaders can use this data as a benchmark to measure their progress towards achieving gender equality in the workplace.
An important factor to measure is the leadership gap, which we’re defining as the difference in female representation between membership overall, and members in leadership positions. We have found this gap to be most pronounced in healthcare, retail, and financial services. Looking at healthcare, 59.8% of all members in the industry are women. However, only 45.2% of members in leadership positions are women – a gap of 14.6%. Retail and financial services have a similar gap, with financial services having the lowest absolute representation of women in leadership (28.7%) among the three industry groups we highlighted. In these industries, leadership is less representative of their companies as a whole with regards to gender. For reference, government, education, and nonprofit industries have the narrowest gap (6.4%).
Technology companies are generally considered to be some of the most sought-after employers in the world. We have an inherent “home field advantage” when it comes to recruiting the largest and richest talent pools of our most critical position: software engineers. However, despite this advantage, our data indicates that software engineering teams in tech have proportionally fewer women than several non-tech industries; namely healthcare, retail, government, education, and nonprofits. For example, a typical software engineering team in a healthcare company is likely to be 32% women, compared to 20% in technology. While these non-tech industries employ significantly fewer software engineers versus technology, their teams tend to exhibit greater gender parity.
We noticed significant variance within the technology, financial services and insurance industries. Below, we broke out the technology group into its twelve component industries represented on LinkedIn.
Companies that operate in e-learning and information services industries have the most gender equal workforces within our technology group. However, even among these relatively inclusive tech industries, women are still significantly underrepresented within software engineering roles.
Below, we broke out the financial services and insurance group into its nine component industries represented on LinkedIn.
As we noted above, there is a significant leadership gap in these industries. Accounting, insurance, commercial real estate, and venture capital all have gaps of 16% or more. In accounting firms, women represent nearly half of the total employee base, but only 26% of leadership. The three industries that employ the most software engineers – financial services, insurance, and banking – all tend to include proportionally more women than each of the technology industries we looked at.
As we continue to build the Economic Graph, a digital representation of the global economy, we want to create more transparency for issues like gender diversity by drawing insights from our data, allowing business leaders and members alike to make better informed decisions that ultimately create economic opportunity.
Methodological details: The results of this analysis represent the world as seen through the lens of LinkedIn data. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis.
Keen observers will note that there is no field for gender on the LinkedIn profile. We have inferred the gender of members included in this analysis by classifying their first names as either male or female. Members whose gender could not be inferred from their first names weren’t included in the analysis. Additionally, we excluded all members in countries where less than 67% of the respective member base could be classified as either male or female, to account for coverage lapses in our gender classifier.
Members in leadership positions were defined as those who have a seniority of director, vice president, CXO, owner, or partner. Software engineers were defined as those whose current title fit one of the following occupational categories: information technology engineer, database programmer / administrator, hardware engineer, software configuration / release manager, oracle developer / database administrator, data center manager, storage engineer, information security specialist, software tester, software developer, technology manager, information technology system administrator / engineer, embedded software engineer, network engineer, research development software engineer, database developer.
Written by Sohan Murthy
Moneybhaskar.com turns one
Moneybhaskar.com, the financial website by DB Digital turns one. Last year, with a fresh thought of ‘Fayde Ki Soch’, Moneybhaskar.com was launched with an intent to provide relevant information and insights about the world of finance and business.
With its uniqueness and quality of content, within a year the website emerged as the second largest financial website in the country (Source: Comscore; UVs: 2.4 million; PV: 15 million). Marking the first anniversary and its landmark success, moneybhaskar.com has now come up with its Gujarati version as well, that will continue to bring to the fore comprehensive and profound insights into the sector and empower the consumers to utilize this information for their benefits.
For the last one year, moneybhaskar.com has been offering real time market tips and trends, guidance, opinions and analysis to its users. From policy to Politics, Corporate, State, Global news to Tax related information, anything related to Economy, Markets, SMB, Stocks, Mutual Funds, Commodity, Forex Trade, IT, Textile, Exports, Engineering, Handicrafts to daily market rates of Gold-Silver, Property, Gadgets and Automobiles-you name it, moneybhaskar.com has it. The USP and key reason behind this quick success is the interactivity of the website and its special emphasize on providing personalized guidance to its users through tips and trends. The website largely caters to the Stock & Commodity Investors along with Small and Medium Business Entrepreneurs (SMB) and Retailers followed by working professionals looking for investment opportunities.
Viacom18 makes foray into English GEC with ‘Colors Infinity’
In 2008, Viacom18 disrupted the Hindi entertainment landscape of India with the launch of their flagship brand COLORS. And now, one of India’s fastest growing entertainment networks is all set to repeat history with English entertainment as they announce two new English General Entertainment channels – ‘COLORS INFINITY’ and ‘COLORS INFINITY HD’.
The brand new channels will be co-curated by the multi-faceted celebrity duo – Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt – passionate viewers of international content. As creators and consumers of gripping content themselves, their biggest contribution to the channel would be to design a disruptive and addictive show line-up to bring a great blend of insight and finesse to COLORS INFINITY. The channels will be available across DTH & Digital cable platforms.
On the latest offering from the Viacom 18 stable, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18, said, “Today, we are the world’s second largest English speaking population and live in an environment where English is seen as a ladder to personal progress. The market is widening its appeal across viewers who think and speak in English, but haven’t been invited to consume international entertainment yet. COLORS INFINITY aims to speak to this larger audience which goes beyond the metros and has never been addressed by the category. English is an extremely important space for us and with this move, we will further strengthen our share in the category.”
In unprecedented acquisition for the Indian market, the network has entered into major multi-year deals with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, BBC and Endemol Shine amongst others.
The channel boasts of never-seen-before content in India, both scripted and unscripted, that will span genres such as Drama, Superheroes, Comedy, Fantasy, Crime and Thrillers. Additionally, there is a special focus on Reality television with some of the world’s biggest shows across Dancing, Cooking, Magic, Singing & other lifestyle interests. The channel will also play home to some of the biggest global Live Events & Award shows, as also premium biopics, mini-series & documentaries.
Talking about COLORS INFINITY, Ferzad Palia, EVP, Viacom18 and Head, English Entertainment said, “Globally, television series have become a force to reckon with, be it in terms of scale of production, Hollywood actors being cast, quality of story-telling, writing and in many other ways. This is the ‘golden age’ of television. COLORS INFINITY, with its sheer breadth of offering and carefully selected content from across global markets, will be the definitive platform for the best in English language entertainment across genres. Freshness will be at the core of what we do, be it the content we air, scheduling strategy or marketing. Our objective is to grow the category by broadening the appeal and reaching to a wider base.”
On having Karan and Alia on board as co-curators, he further added “Karan and Alia have been an integral part of our decision making process. Their perfect blend of insight and finesse has helped shape our content selection and brand. We're delighted to welcome them to the COLORS INFINITY family and to work closely with them.”
The channel is slated to release information regarding its mega show line-up and programming schedule along with the marketing strategy, in the days to come.
Seagull Advertising Wins 3rd prize at Cannes Lions'15 ACT Responsible Expo
The one and only winner from India.
Seagull Advertising’s Thermax Profetherm Polar Bear Campaign, the only Indian campaign to be featured at the Cannes Lions'15 ACT Responsible wins a prestigious 3rd prize along with a citation at the closing award ceremony of the ACT Expo at Cannes – a platform that recognizes and celebrates creativity for ‘Good Causes’.
Marie Pourreyron, Adjointe to the Mayor of Cannes, alongside with Bernard Brochand and ACT'ive members, handed out the ACT Responsible Tributes 2015 in the exhibition in the Palais des Festivals. This expo allowed the people to express their views by voting for their favourite campaigns in 4 categories: Human Rights, Education, Solidarity and Planet. Out of 1000 plus pieces of brilliant work and 88 shortlists from 33 countries this year, Seagull Advertising’s work has earned global recognition, notability and honour.
Sameer Desai, Managing Director at Seagull Advertising, said: “Nothing is more rewarding than our work being recognized at the Mecca of the advertising world - Cannes 2015. So, we Seagullites have taken a moment to feel the pride of where we are today. Seagull's time has come to soar higher. From now on, we have no choice but to get better and better. The world's eyes are on us. And we know we Cannes do it! We are also thrilled to have the opportunity to help our clients build their brands and are excited to share this honour with them.”
On the final evening of the Cannes Lions'15 ACT Responsible, Seagull Advertising took home a laudable 3rd prize along with a citation for its innovative and impactful Thermax Profetherm Polar Bear Campaign: Unplug to save the Polar Bear, an initiative to promote the Unplug message and create awareness about the perilous effect of global warming through powerful creatives that showcased the Polar Bear and other endangered species. The campaign that was created with a deep insight and a strong message to follow a ’Green Hour’ has truly contributed in saving the planet by urging people to unplug and ACT responsibly.
HISTORY TV18 to premiere ALONE
ALONE - The Boldest and Longest Survival Experiment on TV to Premiere as Synchronized Global TV Event
HISTORY TV18 brings to audiences a one-of-its-kind survival series
HISTORY TV18 announced its newest series, ALONE, the boldest and longest survival experiment ever captured for television, slated to air this summer. The show will premiere in India on 4th July, every Saturday at 9PM – just two weeks after its US launch. This series places ten hardcore survivalists alone in the Vancouver Island wilderness on a single mission to stay alive: no camera crew, no teams, no producers.
At stake is $500,000 awarded to the person who can last the longest. ALONE will air as a synchronized global TV event, airing in over 200 territories worldwide on HISTORY and other channels from the A+E Networks portfolio.
“ALONE is a one-of-a-kind survival series, that pits people against the unknown in complete isolation,” said Russ McCarroll, VP Development & Programming, HISTORY. “Without producers or camera crews following their every move, the survivalist experts are truly going off-the-grid to persevere with endurance.”
Carrying only what they can fit in a backpack, the survivalists are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain to hunt, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation and psychological distress as they plunge into the unknown, self-documenting their experience. The series is the ultimate test of man’s will to survive.