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52% of Indian gig workers feel that their work environment makes it difficult to upskill

52% of Indian gig workers feel that their work environment makes it difficult to upskill

About 52% of contract employees or gig workers in India feel that their work environment makes it challenging to upskill and find new job opportunities.

According to the report by startup platform CIIE.CO, most young respondents — including fresh graduates — increasingly look towards gig economy platforms for their first jobs.

Such platforms initially hook individuals with the opportunity of short-term income but keep them employed for prolonged periods in a career without a long-term growth trajectory.

“Only about one in three individuals we spoke to had clear plans for shifting jobs in the near future. This was despite the vast majority reportedly working overtime in their current shifts and having no resources for up-skilling at the jobs they held,” said the report.

CIIE.CO added that not upskilling or placing gig workers in good organizations with better income could lead to underutilizing the country’s human capital. 

CIIE.CO Partner – Insights Supriya Sharma said, “Enabling gig workers to own and use their employment, financial, health, etc. data will improve their well-being and unlock the growth of both traditional and new economies.” 

The CIIE.CO report is based on a survey among 4,070 platform-based gig workers, including high-earning knowledge workers and daily-wage agricultural workers.

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