With unparalleled skills in precision work, women take the lead on the assembly line

According to a report in the Economic Times, manufacturing floors in India are increasingly favoring hiring more women for their precision work: assembling small parts and the skills to operate robots and machines remotely.

Companies and employment agencies say women are also good learners, less likely to quit their jobs and good at brushing up on skills needed in modern factories where physical strength was once prevalent.

“There is a bias towards hiring women on an ongoing basis,” Lohit Bhatia, president of human resource management at leading staffing firm Quess Corp, told ET. “Many car, EV and parts manufacturers, as well as electronics and mobile manufacturers, specifically want to hire women in positions that require precision work.”

The report added that Maruti Suzuki, MG Motor and Lumax are among the companies hiring an increasing number of women trainees in the workplace.

“Currently our diversity stands at 37%. Our 50,000th car was assembled by an all-women team,” Yeshwinder Patial, senior director, HR, MG Motor India, told ET.

At auto parts manufacturer Minda Corp. women make up about a quarter of the people on the assembly line. “Especially at our Noida factory, where precision in the production of smart keyless entry systems is paramount, women lead the shop floor and make up an impressive 36% of the workforce. Moreover, our production line at the Pant Nagar plant is fully staffed by women,” Ajay Singhroha, group CHRO, Minda Corp told ET.

Quess Corp’s Bhatia said women have nimble fingers and are good at work such as assembling small components and parts. “In many of the projects for automotive and electronics manufacturers where we have deployed third-party personnel, 60-90% are women,” he said. “The common thread running through many of these profiles is that women are more observant and focused on precision or accuracy.”

Companies also said that turnover among female employees is much lower than among male employees, making a strong business case for increasing their workforce.