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The number of flexi or gig jobs could soar to 90 million in 8-10 years, said a BCG and Michael & Susan Dell Foundation report.(HT Photo)

Gig economy could create 24 mn jobs in next 3-4 years

Livemint | By Prashant K Nanda
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2021 07:34 AM IST
India’s gig economy is still at a nascent stage, but the young and not-so-skilled flexi workforce will gradually shift to better-paid and more productive work, the report said.
In a 2019 report, human resources firm TeamLease estimated that 1.3 million Indians joined the gig economy in the second half of 2018-19, registering a 30% growth.(AP)
In a 2019 report, human resources firm TeamLease estimated that 1.3 million Indians joined the gig economy in the second half of 2018-19, registering a 30% growth.(AP)

Hit by pandemic, gig workers plan to create umbrella union

By Arun Dev
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 03:35 PM IST
Tanveer Pasha, president of the Ola-Uber Drivers Association in Bengaluru, said on Tuesday that a meeting will be held next week to finalise the plan for the new platform.
Uber said its action over workers' rights "means drivers will earn with greater security, helping them to plan for their futures while maintaining the flexibility that is integral to the private-hire industry." The higher costs for Uber come as it faces sliding driver bookings owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite strong demand for the Uber Eats food delivery service during national lockdowns.(AP)
Uber said its action over workers' rights "means drivers will earn with greater security, helping them to plan for their futures while maintaining the flexibility that is integral to the private-hire industry." The higher costs for Uber come as it faces sliding driver bookings owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite strong demand for the Uber Eats food delivery service during national lockdowns.(AP)

Uber to grant UK drivers worker status with benefits like minimum wage

AFP |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 17, 2021 09:28 AM IST
Weeks after a top court ruling that could shake up Britain's wider "gig economy" of 5.5 million people, Uber said its drivers would also get holiday pay and a pension.
“Working conditions are largely regulated by the platforms’ terms of service agreements, which are often unilaterally determined,” the ILO said. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo(REUTERS)
“Working conditions are largely regulated by the platforms’ terms of service agreements, which are often unilaterally determined,” the ILO said. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo(REUTERS)

ILO wants better regulation to help algorithm dependent gig economy workers

Bloomberg | | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 09:11 PM IST
  • The Geneva-based body’s call comes just days after Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Uber Technologies Inc. must treat its drivers as “workers”
Uber Intercity operations will be limited to travel with necessary authorisation and within state boundaries and permissible zones only, the company said in a statement.(Reuters file photo)
Uber Intercity operations will be limited to travel with necessary authorisation and within state boundaries and permissible zones only, the company said in a statement.(Reuters file photo)

Uber hires prominent critic to focus on treatment of drivers

Bloomberg |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 07:58 PM IST
  • Alex Rosenblat is best known for her 2018 book, “Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work,”. The book highlights driver stories of pay disparities, pervasive surveillance and the lopsided power dynamics in algorithm-mediated work.
The employee/contractor binary, however, is based upon an outdated vision of work, where the factory or the shop floor was the predominant site of “work”(HTPhoto)
The employee/contractor binary, however, is based upon an outdated vision of work, where the factory or the shop floor was the predominant site of “work”(HTPhoto)

Devise a new labour law regime for gig economy workers

By Gautam Bhatia
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 11:40 PM IST
Carefully-drafted laws that recognise the reality of platform work, and guarantee to platform workers both procedural rights (such as collective bargaining) and substantive rights (such as minimum wages and safe working conditions) are the only solution to this problem.
Diseases are often most deadly when they can seize on a pre-existing condition to overwhelm the body’s natural defenses. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Diseases are often most deadly when they can seize on a pre-existing condition to overwhelm the body’s natural defenses. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Covid-19 pandemic: The gig economy has compromised our immune system

Bloomberg | By David Fickling | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:17 PM IST
What does the devastation wrought by Covid-19 tell us about the underlying pathologies of our own culture and time? It’s hard to escape one common factor in multiple outbreaks. Again and again, clusters of infection have been associated with those whose work is low-paid, insecure and contingent.
A napping nook at 91springboard’s Okhla coworking space. Other of their facilities also offer shower rooms, vending machines and 24x7 tech support and security.
A napping nook at 91springboard’s Okhla coworking space. Other of their facilities also offer shower rooms, vending machines and 24x7 tech support and security.

As segment expands, coworking spaces go 24x7, offer sleeping nooks, laundry services

Hindustan Times | By Cherylann Mollan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2020 08:56 PM IST
Say they’re catering to the changing work habits of start-ups and gig economy freelancers.
Volunteers organise a Diwali party for residents of St Anthony’s Home for senior women in Bandra, in the days leading up to the Kindness Jam.
Volunteers organise a Diwali party for residents of St Anthony’s Home for senior women in Bandra, in the days leading up to the Kindness Jam.

Encash your kind deeds for a concert in the city

Hindustan Times | By Vanessa Viegas
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2019 06:29 PM IST
At the Kindness Jam, volunteering opportunities include everything from urban-farming events, to beach clean-ups. Sign up, help out and win tickets to a gig headlined by Ankur Tiwari, Tanmay Bhat.
Facebook’s internal emails reveal a governing philosophy of “data reciprocity” set out by none other than Mark Zuckerberg(Bloomberg)
Facebook’s internal emails reveal a governing philosophy of “data reciprocity” set out by none other than Mark Zuckerberg(Bloomberg)

Lessons India can learn from Facebook scandals

By Apar Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2018 09:59 AM IST
If data scandals of this year have taught us anything, it is that profit follows trust of users which is earned by respecting their individual rights
The business consulting market in India is growing at a rapid pace, projected to touch the $12 billion mark by the end of 2018.(HT FIle)
The business consulting market in India is growing at a rapid pace, projected to touch the $12 billion mark by the end of 2018.(HT FIle)

The challenges of business consulting

By Lalit Khanna
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2018 07:30 PM IST
The introduction of the latest advents in technology and digitization is leading to more techoriented consulting work for consulting firms. With the continual development of technology, the needs of businesses keep on changing.
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