PMI South Asia

Women’s Opportunity Gap in Project Management

Women hold significantly fewer jobs in project management than men, despite global equality movements, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) programs taking hold at the workplace.

Recent PMI research, “The State of Women in Project Management 2023,” shows that male project managers outnumber their female counterparts by three to one globally. South Asia fares worse than the global average, with only 15% of project managers being women, compared to 84% being men. The gender imbalance has immediate negative implications for project teams — 88% of project professionals said that diverse project teams create more value for the organization.

Key Takeaways

Gender disparities are greater in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia Pacific and South Asia, and lowest in North America, sub-Saharan Africa and China.

The pay gap for female project managers in most countries is below the global average.

Gaining project management certifications can help women demonstrate their value and expertise, and shrink the pay gap.

Male project managers outnumber female project managers by more than 50% in industries like construction, transportation, aerospace and manufacturing, among others.

Healthcare is the only industry where the gap is less than 20%.

The disparity in leadership roles is relatively small despite the gaps in job status and earnings.

Read the full report.

Job Trends in Project Management for 2023

Despite disruption and uncertainty, project professionals continue to have strong opportunities to advance their careers. Even as the threat of a global recession clouds all economic projections for 2023, companies continue to grapple with a talent shortage.

According to “The PMI’s Talent Gap” report, 2.3 million new project management employees will be needed each year to meet global talent demands by 2030. To remain competitive, companies will need to focus on hiring problem solvers and relationship builders who can help them drive change and deliver strategic value.

Key Takeaways

Power skills, such as communication, problem-solving, collaborative leadership and strategic thinking, will provide a career advantage.

Digital transformation continues to drive a positive economy and opportunities in South Asia.

Salaries across all sectors in India are expected to increase by 10% in 2023 — the third straight year to see a jump.

India’s massive IT sector will remain an engine of project activity and create an estimated 300,000 new jobs in 2023.

Project professionals with innovative thinking and creative decision-making skills will be in high demand amid a digital-first, post-pandemic recovery.

With increased government investment, the healthcare sector is expected to become a key employment generator in 2023.

Learn more about job trends.

Upgrade Your Career With PMI Certifications

Forbes India
recently published an exclusive interview with Srini Srinivasan, regional managing director, PMI South Asia. Srinivasan said that globally acclaimed PMI certifications are sought across all industry sectors. The certifications assist project managers in sharpening their skills, knowledge and expertise, and in executing projects successfully. He emphasized that these certifications help professionals to keep abreast of emerging technologies, ways of problem-solving and hyper-agile ways of working.

He also spoke about skill clusters, including business acumen, technical project management and people skills. These skills are in demand, regardless of whether someone is at the entry, middle management or leadership level.

Read the full interview.