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Chennai, NFAPost: The gig economy will lead 80% of overall job demand, according to the country’s largest tech platform for Blue-collar workforce management, Betterplace.

It has launched blue-collar jobs report for the second consecutive year. The report, which is based on data from the past 5 years, over 1,000 companies, 20,000 pin codes, 80 lakh employees & millions of data points, gives insights into the ground realities, pandemic impact concluding with the path to recovery.

Overall demand for jobs in 2020 would be 14 lakh, said the report.

The Betterplace Job Report 2020 indicates that as the economy is beginning its recovery, sectors like delivery and healthcare will surpass pre-COVID levels and job opportunities will see massive growth in tier 2 and 3 cities. Bengaluru and the four metros will generate 70% of demand pre-COVID levels.

The paradigm and reality shift that is poised to sweep across the blue-collar ecosystem is the expectations of the job seekers and its impact on their employers. The migrant workforce returning to work due to the necessity of sustaining a livelihood expects a healthy, safe and stable work environment. Visibility of guaranteed income and healthcare insurance cover is uppermost in the minds of the migrant workforce, the report added.

Betterplace Co-founder CEO Pravin Agarwala said, “The COVID outbreak in India impacted the blue-collar sector more than any other. Lakhs of migrants walking back to their villages which led to their absence in industry and our daily lives demonstrated how urban India is dependent on this workforce.”

He added, “With the onset of the festive season across the country, it is heartening to see governments and private sector employers rising to this challenge because they expect the festive season to pave the way for the recovery. Based on our report, we are already seeing green shoots appear in demand generation in cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. This report reinforces the fact that the jobs pipeline on the ground is robust.”

    Demand generation

  • 1/3rd of the demand for jobs will come from 3 Southern states — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Telangana
  • City wise maximum job creations will happen in Bengaluru with 58,000 jobs followed by Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai

    Migration trends

  • Bengaluru and Hyderabad top destinations for job seekers
  • Four big states are home to over 70% of the migrants’ workforce
  • Reverse migration and COVID impact in Q2
  • Top 5 cities from where the workforce reverse migrated — Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad and Chennai
  • Top 6 states from where the migrants returned- UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, MP, Jharkhand and Odisha

  Path to recovery

  •  Facility management segment will close the year at 90% of Jan 2020 demand levels with close to 60,000 openings
  •  The delivery segment will surpass Jan 2020 numbers
  •  On-demand driver segment was the worst hit accounting for 44% job losses

The migrant workforce is expected to return in search of jobs as the fear of pandemic subsides and the need for earnings will drive them back. The employers who would provide them with a stable, safe and healthy work environment would attract a majority of the returning crowd.

Betterplace Co-founder and COO Saurabh Tandon said, “We believe that demand generation will be faster in tier 1, 2 3 cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Noida, Gurugram. As per the Job report 2020, reasons for recovery will be driven by factors like the critical need to rebuild support systems for essential goods, continuity of businesses, better understanding and infrastructure to fight the Pandemic.”

He added, “As the report indicates that safety and health are now of paramount concerns on both sides of the aisle, the Blue-collar segment will embrace digital transformation at every level – right from digital onboarding, payroll, attendance and flexible hours. Large employers have already taken a lead in this direction, we expect mid-size companies in security and facility also to embrace digitalisation across their distributed workforce management verticals.”

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