Cornered by a room full of journalists chomping at the bit, Amitabh Kant was forced to get creative earlier this year. The gathered reporters wanted answers about an allegedly suppressed jobs data report, which showed India’s unemployment was at a 4-decade high. Kant, the chief executive of government think tank NITI Aayog, fell back on the gig economy. Cab aggregators Ola and Uber alone, he pointed out, have created over two million jobs since 2014.
Fuelling the gig entrepreneur engine
Hidden within India’s millions-strong gig economy are the gig entrepreneurs. Young, skilled, tech-savvy, and looking to earn handsomely
One in four gig workers today is an Indian
But hidden within the country’s larger gig economy—mostly made up of delivery executives and cab drivers—are the gig entrepreneurs
Tech-savvy and highly skilled, they represent a developed, thriving freelancer ecosystem
A trifecta of smart platforms, internet access and digital payments has spurred this niche on to a whole other level