What is a “Gig” Economy and how will it change employment and the work place. What the Government and Private Sector must do to safeguard the new ecosystem.
“COVID-19 has induced a domino effect in the global job market. A few days ago, a strange message landed in my LinkedIn inbox: Desperation was written all over the poignant plea for a job opening. Jobless since March, with an aged COVID positive mother to support, this highly qualified professional is now part of the gig economy. The word “gig”, associated till not too long ago with a group of travelling musicians, subsumes in its current parlance all freelancers, disconnected from the workplace. The drivers of Uber, the delivery boys of Zomato, the plumbers and electricians of Urban Clap make up the gig world. Mobility connects them; mobile empowers them. The gig economy is not confined to low-skilled jobs. Free-spirited mavericks find solace in it, as do creative geniuses.”
Link to the full article: https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/post-coronavirus-job-employment-6467120/