India's gig workforce

04 JUL,2022 | MEDC


As per a recent Niti Aayog report, India's gig workforce is expected to expand to 23.5 million workers by 2029-30. This is a near 200% jump from 7.7 million currently. Gig employees are the new universal workforce. While their numbers keep rising, many issues they face remain unresolved. Platform workers are termed independent contractors, and so are not legally entitled to access many of the workplace protections and entitlements available to regular employees. But the new realities have to be accepted. Today's gig model is evolving to become a prominent capacity and capability development model that will emerge as a key component of tomorrow's hybrid workforce model. Government policies to support India's knowledge economy will need to view gig models as a potential and innovative source of employment generation for a section of the population, and deal with them accordingly.

 

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