Linkedin data shows more women entering tech

In celebration of International Women’s Day and to support a more gender inclusive world, LinkedIn today published data on jobs where women are thriving, and barriers the global workforce still needs to overcome.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day and to support a more gender inclusive world, LinkedIn today published data on jobs where women are thriving, and barriers the global workforce still needs to overcome.

Here are some insights from the survey:

Women leaders are on the rise globally

Since 2008, more women have been hired into leadership positions around the world. While there is still a gap, the outlook is increasingly optimistic, with women in leadership holding an average of just over 25% of all leadership positions globally. LinkedIn data shows that India, which has historically lagged in hiring women into leadership positions, has gained significant momentum with the largest percentage increase being hired into leadership roles (25%).

Education and nonprofit industries close leadership gap and tech Sector Gains Momentum

The education and nonprofit sector is leading the way in closing the gap between male and female leaders. In this sector, women are being hired for 47% of leadership positions. Healthcare and pharmaceuticals also has a high number of women in leadership with nearly half of leadership positions being held by women (46%).

More women entering tech

LinkedIn also evaluated the roles women were being hired into overall. It may come as a surprise that the technology industry saw the largest change with a 18% increase in female leaders hired.

The top three job titles that have seen the strongest growth are all technology roles: User Experience Designer (67% increase), Chief Technology Officer (60% increase) and Web Developer (40% increase).

Women CEOs make up only 18% of the workforce

In the C-suite, the single role that women hold more than or equivalent to men is Chief Human Resource Officer (56%, which is an increase of 82% since 2008). In contrast, women CEOs still make up only 18% of the workforce. At the director-level, hiring for women in the Director of Information Technology role has increased by 57% since 2008.

Management and leadership top skills for women leaders

LinkedIn looked at the most common skills based on the profiles. Management and leadership top the list of skills for women in leadership positions. Interestingly, customer service and public speaking also ranked highly.

Gender equality at work is a growing priority

LinkedIn data shows that diversity and inclusion is becoming a priority for companies worldwide. More than 37% of talent acquisition leaders believe that diversity will be the number one trend defining the future of hiring.

One of the key aspects to closing the gender gap is to identify areas of progress, tackle obstacles, and provide resources to help create leadership paths for women.

To learn more read the blog, “International Women's Day: Celebrating the Progress of Women Leaders in the Workplace”, by Nicole Isaac.

Join LinkedIn in celebrating International Women’s Day by mentioning women who’ve inspired you in your career. #IWD2017


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. Trends in diversity job titles were determined based on members whose job title included the words “diversity” or “inclusion.”

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