Companies in India are slowly moving over to the flexible job option to accommodate market changes. The remote staffing market in India is growing and according to industry reports, India has one of the largest numbers of flexi staffing employees in the world, after China and the US. Nowadays, office ergonomics are no longer confined to the four walls of a room or a cubicle, rather these have shifted to the soft beanbag to the standing desk to a café to the comforts of a bed. Yes, we are talking about the freelancing job market of the country, where employees work at the comforts of their homes or anywhere but not at their “offices” as such.
In the last few years, there has been a growing trend of “startup culture”, which is aping the Western culture of work-from-home. And, the India workforce is slowly opting for flexible employment options, as freelancers, part-time working and remote working. And, thus we see the emergence of the “GIG economy”, which in turn comes under the wing of providing freelancing job opportunities. Not only the startups, but also the large conglomerates prefer to hire employees as freelancers to be part of their workforce network. Not only the Gen-Y, but also the women workforce, young and old, who for some reasons have to leave their career midway is continually moving towards a flexible work environment.
India is one of the largest freelancer markets with 10 million people freelancing. According to PayPal research and survey report, the Indian ‘freelancers’ market size is growing to be $20-30 billion by 2025.