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Gig workers in search of a code as India's IT industry boosts opportunities

India's IT industry has the largest base of independent contractors in the world, but they remain outside the purview of labour regulations

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gig economy | India's IT industry

Shivani Shinde  |  Mumbai 



IT industry, apps, tech, software, gig workers, jobs
The Economic Survey 2020-21 states that India has emerged as one of the world’s largest flexi-staffing markets owing to the fast growth in the e-commerce and online retailing industry

A year ago, a mid-sized services company wanted to conduct an analytics exercise on its exhaustive database for some specific information. Instead of taking on a special team of data analysts, the company did the next best thing; it hired a professor of data science from a reputed engineering institute and a team of four engineers for a fixed period. Once the pro­ject was completed, the team was dismantled. By hiring gig workers, the company saved 20-25 per cent on the cost of hiring a full-time team to do the job.

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First Published: Thu, March 11 2021. 06:10 IST

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